Hi dear friends!
Today’s discussion is about:
-something that’s hated by most readers;
-something that’s sought after by a minority of readers;
-something that can be a life saver for trigger unhappy readers;
-something that can lower your blood pressure when you have a thirst to KNOW!
Today’s discussion is about spoilers!
First thing first: what is a spoiler for you?
After discussing with my kids (they often help we about these discussion posts) we came to the conclusion that a spoiler is:
-every important event in a book, kind of a plot twist or a big reveal;
-a decisive choice the main character or one of the main characters made;
-in a mystery or crime “who did it” of course;
-in a love triangle “who will be chosen”;
-….fill in the blanks here!
Based on this what can you write about the plot in your review without being spoilerish?
-everything that’s mentioned in the synopsis;
-if the synopsis is very vague, the story up to 10% of the book maximum.
But are spoilers always bad?
What if there is rape in the book? Or abuse? Or addiction? Or cheating? And it’s not mentioned in the synopsis?
Some people would never buy the book if they knew there was one of these elements in it! If we don’t say anything in our review they could feel cheated! The spoiler looks more like a warning about possible triggers but I think we should mention something about it!
What if there is no happy ending? Should we mention it?
That one is trickier and I don’t have a definite answer!
And of course there are times when you can’t avoid spoilers!
I speak about the review of a second or third or …book in a series. Because nearly everything will be a spoiler for people who don’t have read book one or two or ….!
Last word here: if you know how to hide spoilers in your post on wordpress let me know! Maybe write in white? Or is there another trick?
Do you agree? Disagree? Have another definition about spoilers? Think of other circumstances where they can be a blessing? Now you talk!
Thanks for reading!