Thursday Thoughts: Spoilers

Thursday Thoughts: Spoilers

Thursday Thoughts *breathes in* *breathes out*

Are you someone who likes to go into books blind or are a few spoilers nice to know? Does hearing spoilers before reading a book ruin the experience for you? Have you ever been spoiled by someone? Do you think there should be a policy or rule about spoilers where you can talk about something openly after x amount of years?

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.

6 thoughts on “Thursday Thoughts: Spoilers

  1. I hear you so much about the book introduction spoilers! And it’s actually quite wide-spread amongst classic books! It happened to me quite a few times so now, I just skip the introduction and go back to it when I’ve finished the book!
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    1. I know D: It’s so annoying because -especially- with classics I love to read background/context! But it’s so often riddled with spoilers argh 🙁

  2. Huh, I think I’m the only one I’ve seen so far who doesn’t mind spoilers (and I even seek them out sometimes). I thought there’d be more people like me!

    I agree though, there are some books you want to experience 100% without knowing even what genre they turn out to be. I think The Universe Versus Alex Woods was one of those for me, because it misleads you a bit at the start, and then unfolds into something different.
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    1. Yes, I think you are… But that’s okay! 🙂

      I wish I had the opportunity more often to read books without knowing anything about it (although it can turn out badly too haha).

  3. I HATE spoilers, and it’s gotten so far I had to unfollow people I love on Twitter because they spoiled movies and TV shows and books for me with their tweets. I know about things from stuff I haven’t had a chance to see or read yet and now I lost my will to do so because of that.
    I sometimes spoil a book to myself when checking how many pages a book has and then accidentally reading one sentence on the last page or so… Generally, I try to avoid them as much as I can, going offline, not reading certain posts, unfollowing people, muting hashtags etc. but some come through. I also hate when I ask my mom if she liked a book I haven’t read yet and instead of saying ‘yes’ or ‘no’ she explains what happens. Cheers mate.

    I often don’t even read back of the book with synopsis, the less I know the better. I check genre and stars for book, see what my friends rated it, but not their explanation why. So I can be surprised if at all possible.

    I try to review spoiler-free as well unless something is already mentioned in the official synopsis. I always use a warning though because I hate when I read something without one.

    I have read a book with entire plot in the intro as well, or rather tried to before I quit. And it wasn’t a 200 y/o book, it came out am year before. I mean who does that? What’s the point of the book then?!
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    1. What? Spoilers in the intro of a recent book? WHYYYYYYYYYYYYYY *facepalm*

      And oh god yes, spoilers on Twitter… they are just in your face and there’s no way to avoid them 😡 The moment you realise there’s a spoiler you’re too late ugh.

      I don’t watch too many tv shows lately so I don’t really have to endure those spoilers, but for the few shows I do watch… yeah I definitely stay offline if I haven’t seen the last episode orz

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