Spoilers are lurking all over the internet and they exist in all shapes and sizes. This is mostly due to the fact that people love dishing the dirt on that one thing that happened in that one book that just turned EVRYTHING around. Everyone can get carried away discussing that book you love so much, especially to your friends who also love reading. Before you know it you’ll be saying this such as “Were you expecting that he would die and then come back as an angel-werewolf type thing?” to someone who isn’t quite at that part of the book yet. And there you have it, a monster spoiler and it’s too late to do anything about it now!
But what is a spoiler? I think people can have varying ideas of what is and what isn’t a spoiler. It’s pretty obvious that huge plot twists or major moments in the story are considered spoilers by everyone in existence. But what about the smaller stuff? How about the fact that this book, in contrast to the previous one in the series, is told from a different perspective? Is that just a fact or would you mind knowing this before you start reading the book? This is definitely something that I started considering a lot more carefully since I started reviewing books. Because I want to keep my reviews as spoiler free as possible (thus more accessible). On more than one occasion this has already lead me to ponder about whether or not I should put something in my review or not.
And to what extent do you dislike spoilers? Is there ever a situation where you don’t mind hearing/reading about a spoiler? Do you ever purposefully go looking for a spoiler? For me it’s definitely not the end of the world if I get spoiled on something, and it’s happened to me quite a lot as well. The thing is that afterwards, when I’m reading the spoiled bit for myself, I always wonder how I would have reacted to that piece of information if I hadn’t know about it. Would I have been more shocked? Would I have fallen in love/hate with the book because of it? Would it just have given me a completely different feeling about the book in general? I’ll never know, and I try not to dwell on it too much, because I’ll never find out.
Have you ever been spoiled on a huge plot twist in a book series? Or even in a film or anything of the like? Do you mind or don’t you really care? How do you deal with spoilers and are you aware if you yourself are spoiling things sometimes?