What’s a Spoiler??

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My friend Mischenko has started an amazing conversation about spoilers in book reviews. You should definitely check it out… so many comments already from all her followers. Great perspectives in this post. Nice job! #spoilers #bookreview #awesomepost #reading


Spoiler is typically defined as a person or thing that spoils something, but it’s not that easy is it? I’ve been thinking a lot lately about spoilers when it comes to book reviews. On Goodreads, there are people that will straight up lash out on others for including spoilers in their reviews, but just what exactly is considered a spoiler?

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I recently reviewed a book and compared my review to somebody else’s review on the same book and they had many labels for spoilers that I really didn’t consider spoilers at all. It made me reflect on my review writing and I’m questioning if I’m giving out too much information about the content.


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16 thoughts on “What’s a Spoiler??

    midlifecrisis46 said:
    August 2, 2017 at 11:09 AM

    Sometimes it’s really hard to skirt around the plot without giving too much away. I think as long as your not spoiling any “Luke…I am your Father” moments then your on safe ground. Iv’e been known to run down the street from anyone discussing Game of Thrones…

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    midlifecrisis46 said:
    August 2, 2017 at 11:10 AM

    ‘Your’e” not Your! – bloody amateur!

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      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      August 2, 2017 at 11:11 AM

      ha! type faster than you think, i do it all the time


        midlifecrisis46 said:
        August 2, 2017 at 11:13 AM

        I post a blog entry and spend the next ten minutes in a total panic at my utterly dreadful grammar! Edit, Edit, Edit.

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    Run Wright said:
    August 2, 2017 at 11:27 AM

    I think book blurbs give away a lot of info and I don’t like knowing too much about the plot of a story before I get into it. Other readers don’t mind knowing plot as long as you keep the twist secret, so I think that’s a matter of personal taste.

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    Books,BooksAndMoreBooks said:
    August 2, 2017 at 11:27 AM

    It is a fine line. Some people put so much info in their review there is no reason for me to read the book. A lot like Game of Thrones. Just tell me enough to get me wondering and I’m good! If I have a book on my shelf that I have not read yet and another reviewer posts their review, I won’t even read it until after I’ve read the book. I want to go in with my own perceptions.

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    RobbyeFaye said:
    August 2, 2017 at 3:18 PM

    Oh, James, this is an interesting post.
    I struggle with this issue all the time! In my most current post (today’s) I had something I felt the readers needed to know, but it would have been a MAJOR spoiler, so I left it out. (Now you are going to wonder what it was all day, huh? BWAHAHA!)
    Seriously though, it is sometimes hard to know what is considered a spoiler. What I may consider one, someone else may not. Quite the conundrum.

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      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      August 2, 2017 at 3:47 PM

      It is definitely difficult to decide. Maybe include it but say beforehand it could be a spoiler and some should skip that section?

      If you don’t know Mischenko’s site, you should check it out, btw! Thx for sharing.

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        RobbyeFaye said:
        August 2, 2017 at 3:51 PM

        I know, that I’d never be able to skip over a spoiler regardless of how much I didn’t want to know it!!
        Thanks, I’ll check it out.

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    Mischenko said:
    August 2, 2017 at 7:10 PM

    Thanks for blogging this, James! I just love hearing what everyone has to say. I truly appreciate it! ♡

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    twogalsandabook said:
    August 3, 2017 at 6:23 AM

    I know what you mean– some people on Goodreads can be so fierce, and I think for that reason, as a precaution, many people will use “Spoiler Alert” since you never know how someone will react. I try to leave as much as I can out, but then I could be accused of being too vague. Lots of people want more detail. So I guess the thing to remember is to write what YOU want in a way that makes YOU happy and forget about others– you can’t ever make everyone happy anyway. : ) Great post, and pointing out the fact that what one may consider a spoiler, another might not.

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      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      August 3, 2017 at 6:30 AM

      I definitely agree. Write what YOU want and let the rest fall where it may. I don’t use the spoiler button either. I will put a line if I think something might be, to let the reader skip over it. Thanks for the reply!

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