How do you feel about spoilers?

A while ago Milka from Read.Read.Read made a great discussion post The Appeal of Spoilers. She divided people into three categories depending on their attitude towards spoilers:

  1. Those who hate spoilers and would kill anyone who spoil something for them
  2. Those who are consciously looking for spoilers
  3. Those in the middle (generally avoiding spoilers, but can open them from time to time)

It’s a thoughtful discussion, and I’m not going to rehearse it. If you are interested in topic, go right there. The reason I mentioned Milka’s discussion is that I clearly remember what I was thinking when I was reading it. She mentioned in her post that she once spoiled a show to her roommate and it was a reason for their fight, because her roommate was mad.

I don’t like spoilers. I never consciously look for them. I don’t open spoilers in reviews. Well there was this time, when I went straight to the last page and read it. I can’t believe I’ve done this. But I won’t be this mad or want to kill the person who spoiled a book for me. Or so I thought.

I was wrong.

No, no, I haven’t killed anyone (yet, lol). But for the first time in my reading life I feel so strongly toward a book that I hate even the thought of being spoiled. And this is about a series I haven’t even started.

To think about it I’ve never been hugely spoiled. At least not with books that matter. After all I managed not to be spoiled about Divergent series. I’ve only read the first book, and I have all intentions to finish this series, maybe watch movies. And yes, despite this buzz around Divergent I still don’t know how it would end.

So back to my current situation. I was talking about The Raven Cycle series. I was patiently (ok totally impatiently) waiting when I could binge read it. And with the release of The Raven King all I see in my feed are updates, quotes and reviews for this series. And you know what? I’m not reading any of them. My fear of spoilers is so strong.

I get that sometimes you can’t fully express your feelings and thoughts about a book without spoilers. And here comes another important thing that I want to discuss. We may feel differently about spoilers, hate them or seek them out, but I think we all should respect other readers and always hide our spoilers, or at least warn about them, so those who want to know can open them, and those who prefer stay in the dark can pass them. Also I noticed that while most reviewers use spoiler tag, there a lot of spoilers in comment threads. On several occasions I was spoiled not by review, but by comments.

That’s all for today. And don’t you dare to spoil me about The Raven Cycle of Divergent series. I would kill you (just kidding, lol).

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16 Comments on “How do you feel about spoilers?

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  2. I think it depends on the book and my level of attachment when it comes to spoilers. More often than not, I avoid them. But there are times when I feel so strongly about something that I’ll intentionally spoil myself before I start reading. Two instances come to mind immediately: Jen Armentrout’s Every Last Breath and Caisey Quinn’s Missing Dixie. I had strong feelings about my ships and I refused to read until I knew I wasn’t going to want to set the world on fire.

    Great topic!

  3. I hate spoilers SOOOOO much. I fall into the “I will gut you” camp 😉 I was pretty ragey over the Allegiant spoilers (seriously, I am QUITE impressed that you have avoided them for so long!) even though I had kind of figured them out anyway, and now I am kind of avoiding Queen of Shadows because I have been spoiled. And I am so mad because I don’t know HOW I will be able to read Dream Thieves, BLLB, AND TRK without being spoiled. GAH.

    My big thing is, I DO avoid spoilers at all costs- and I cannot stand when people just post them with no warning. It just seems mean! I mean, okay, after a certain amount of time has passed, I get it. I can’t exactly get mad if you tell me how Harry Potter ends at this point. But for a book that is JUST released!? NOPE. And like, tonight, The 100 is on- and if you even go NEAR Twitter or any other social media, the spoilers are everywhere- right in the trending hashtags! Twitter ITSELF spoils me. But I feel extra bad for people who aren’t like, able to get a book immediately, or watch a show immediately. Like, Twitter spoils things for other time zones! Even if they CAN watch it as it airs, some jerk from the east coast has spoiled it!

    Sorry, I got a little carried away, clearly I have an issue with spoilers bwhahah
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  4. I’m a HUGE baby when it comes to spoilers. I seriously hate them more than words. I’m a rather slow reader, so it takes me a few days to a week to read a book. So if it’s spoiled for me, I end up not even reading it since that’s a lot of time to waste when I already know what’s going to happen. It’s soooo difficult to avoid ALL spoilers though. They are everywhere, and not always marked. Great post!

  5. I’m definitely one of those readers too who doesn’t like being spoiled at all, I usually try to stay away from Twitter and whilst I used to go on Goodreads, I’ve found lately a lot of people don’t used spoiler tags when writing a comment and it makes me so mad that I have to avoid Goodreads because of it! With two new releases in The Rose and the Dagger and A Court of Mist and Fury I will definitely be hiding out for the next few days!

  6. I don’t actively seek spoilers (except in select cases where I need to know if a main character or love interest dies in the end because those are deal breakers for me), but I don’t mind them all that much. I’m definitely that person that reads the last page first to determine if a book has the aforementioned deal breaker, I can’t help it! There are certain books though where I want to be surprised, so I hope you’re able to avoid seeing any Raven King spoilers!

    Enjoy your binge read Ksenia!

  7. Haha now that The Raven King is out, you can finally binge the series and get rid of those fears of being spoiled! I’ve been avoiding spoilers as well because my copy hasn’t arrived yet. I think I probably lie somewhere in the middle. I try to avoid spoilers as much as I can if it’s a book or series that I haven’t started. But there are times when I’m reading a book and I just need to know what happens next so I kind of skip ahead a little. I’ve been trying to do that less now. When I was in high school, I used to always read the last page first. Don’t ask me why I did that. I was probably just a crazy teen 😀
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  8. Personally, I don’t really mind spoilers. I actually love reading them. I KNOW, I KNOW, it’s a bit weird, but it’s the truth.

    That being said, I do respect those who prefer not to read them. So when I write reviews, I make sure to keep them non-spoiler-ish or, if I can’t help it, then I’d add spoiler tags or warn my readers before I start the review.

    Also, I hope you enjoy the Divergent and The Raven Cycle series! I’m currently at The Dream Thieves, and I sort of(?) like the book. :)

    Great post, Ksenia!

    • Hi, Mara! Thanks for stopping by and commenting. Sorry for my late response; my real life was hectic lately, and I didn’t have time to answer comments on my blog.

      So you are one of those readers, who love reading spoilers. Do you open specific spoilers (like with whom of two love interests the heroine would end up with) or you open all spoilers?

      I’m glad to hear that you keep your reviews free of spoilers or tag them. It can be very disappointing for a person to be spoiled for a book.

  9. OMG THIS IS 10000% ME. XD I hate spoilers. I horribly hugely hate them. Unless I specifically ask for them (which is, um, never…okay WAIT. Sometimes I do ask for them in movies. XD I don’t mind being spoiled about movies for some reason ahem) But books?! NOPE. I had The Maze Runner trilogy spoiled for me. :( It actually put me off finishing it for ages (lucky I still enjoyed the last book!) and I’m absolutely trembling with anxious nerves that I’ll have The Raven Cycle spoiled for me. I’M TRYING HARD TO STAY AWAY FROM ANY MENTIONS TOO.
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  10. I hate spoilers, but I have the hardest time from stopping myself from checking Goodreads on books in a series! I have to stay off of that app or I may just spoil myself.
    Confession time: sometimes if there’s a love triangle in a series, I’ll go read the reviews for future books to see who “won”, and decide from there if I can handle the choice, haha!
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  11. I’m actually the type of reader who seeks spoilers out. That’s just me. Sometimes – okay, often times I read the last few pages of a book to make sure that the ending is exactly how I want it to be. Lol. I know it’s not for everyone, but hey. Whatever floats your boat and all that jazz. :)

  12. I don’t mind spoilers if I ask for them but some i don’t want to know. I had someone ruin breaking dawn at the midnight release. I was so angry. they did it in a horrible way too. just announcing it to the entire store. It sucked. They meant to ruin things for people. People who do it by accident don’t bother me too much. its a mistake but really we should all be careful with spoilers. Especially in reviews. I hate them in reviews. Oh and I never thought about comments. Oh I hope I never did that. I am going to be more aware about that now. good point.
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    • Hi Jenn! Sorry it took me so long to answer you comment. It’s been a crazy busy couple of weeks. No time at all! But I guess better late than never. :)

      I’m sorry to hear that someone ruined breaking dawn for you. Announce it to the entire store at the midnight release? Why would someone do such a thing?! I’ve read Twilight series several years after it was released, so no spoilers for me. But I read a lot of new releases now, so I’m in constant fear to be spoiled (especially for series).

      I feel like people in jeneral more careful about spoilers in their reviews, but sometimes forget that people can be spoiled in comments. I became very careful of what I write in my comments after I was spoiled several times.

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