I hate spoilers.
There, I said it.
Don’t get me wrong. I like knowing vaguely what a book is about so I can estimate whether I will like it. So I suppose I go into very few books completely blind. I usually vaguely know the theme/genre of the book. But despite that I don’t like knowing what’s going to happen, it does ruin the book for me. I suppose that is also why I rarely read a book after I’ve seen the movie.
Some of the most beautiful books I knew nothing about when I started. Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro is one of my prime examples. The less you know about it, the better! (It’s amazing, so go read it!) And I literally knew nothing about it when I started, not even the genre. It was the best experience ever.
Still, spoilers ruin a book for me. I am thankful that many reviewers don’t post spoilers, and that people on Goodreads are very good at using the ‘Warning! Spoilers!’ function. But I have run into blogs now and then where reviews were filled with spoilers. Like I said, I am quite forgiving when it comes to classics, but when a recent, otherwise unknown book is spoiled to me I am about 95% less likely to read it. And I definitely avoid spoilers/giving away too much in my own reviews.
Anyway, usually I manage to avoid spoilers. There’s often at least something to alert me of them, be it warnings or a certain sentence that pops up in a review that makes all alarm bells ring. The unexpected spoilers are the worst *shakes fist*
I’m a tiny bit more forgiving on classics. I get that I might run into spoilers 200 years after something was first published. But I still don’t like it. I have also become wary about introductions for classics. For example, not too long ago I picked up Yukio Mishima’s The Temple of the Golden Pavillion. A classic for sure. I opened it and started reading the introduction. Now generally in the introduction I expect some background on the author and maybe the context of the story, or an explanation of the time it was written in. But what did the introduction contain? THE WHOLE FREAKING PLOT. IN DETAIL. Shame on you, Nancy Wilson Ross! Shame on you! I get that it’s a classic, but, shame on you! I didn’t even realise what was happening until it was too late. So I put down the book and will probably not read it for a long time because what’s the point.
Spoilers for Harry Potter? Pride and Prejudice? Or Lord of the Rings? Twilight even? I wouldn’t spoil even these books on purpose for anyone who hasn’t read them, but I suppose they are unavoidable and I guess most people just shrug it off if a book is very (very, immensely) popular… It’s still a pity.