Let’s Chat: Spoilers. Love Knowing or Better Blind?

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You’re in the middle of an amazing book.  You tell someone what you’re reading.  Without thinking, they give away the ending.

Or…

You’re in the middle of an amazing book.  You close it without bookmarking.  When you open again to find your place, you open the cover a wee bit too far and mistakenly read ahead.

Or…

You’re in the middle of an amazing (uplifting) book.  You tell someone what you’re reading.  They tell you how tragically sad the ending is and how it will make you sob.  You spend the rest of the book trying to figure out the sad twist that you never knew existed.

Or…

Someone posts something on Facebook and while innocently scrolling through your newsfeed, you now have books (AND REALITY TV) ruined for you.

THE.  WORST.

All of these situations have happened to me and I’m quite certain they have also happened for a number of you.  Admittingly, I am more sensitive to this than most people.  I absolutely HATE knowing anything ahead of time.

When I’m reading a book and the plot is getting GOOD, it’s not uncommon for me to physically put my hand over the rest of the page so I cannot mistakenly read ahead.

When I am watching reality tv (my favorite), I mute the sound and look away when Chris Harrison announces, “Tonight on the Bachelor” or “Coming up after the break”.  Scenes from next week?????? FORGET ABOUT IT.  Hell no.

I saw Hamilton without listening to a single song first although everyone told me I needed to.  I did zero historical research.  I walked into that theater completely blind and I truly think I had a better experience because of it!

Have you ever noticed the following disclaimer that I include with every book review that I  publish on my blog?

(Disclaimer: I will never post spoilers in my reviews HOWEVER the comment section is completely fair game to discuss any and all specifics including spoilers)

I have heard that there are people who when they receive a book, the very first thing that they do is to read the last page of the book.  Do people like this really exist?!?

I never Google a television show for any reason unless I am 100 percent caught up in the current season.  I have blocked people on Facebook when they post status updates about current television shows so nothing will be ruined for me if I’m an episode or 2 behind.  I turn away from the magazines in the grocery store checkout aisle when they post photos of current reality tv stars.

I once told a friend how excited I was to watch the Bachelor finale that night and she responded with “Oh!  ____won!  I just read an article!”  This was roughly 3 hours before the finale aired.  And of course my friend was right.  And of course it was the girl who I NEVER thought was going to win.  It would have been such an amazing finale.

When I’m reading or watching television, I NEVER try to predict the ending.  I just enjoy the present and not give too much thought into trying to figure out what will happen next (on a side note, this is also a fantastic way to go about life…but that’s a different post for a different day).

To me, nothing beats an amazing twist that I never saw coming.  Nothing is better than a surprise ending.  When an author has the ability to make this happen, it’s brilliant.  So many specific books come to mind…but I don’t want to spoil any of them for you!

What are your thoughts on all of this?  How do you feel about spoilers?  Tell me a story about a time when someone ruined something for you!  

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10 thoughts on “Let’s Chat: Spoilers. Love Knowing or Better Blind?

  1. I hate getting spoilers when I’m not even looking for any of them. Right after I bought A Curse So Dark and Lonely the day before it came out, someone had posted a photo of a page from their ARC saying there might be a spoiler in it, but the photo still showed it since it was displayed and I’m still trying to forget about it.

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  2. I hate spoilers too. I hate when anyone even makes a comment on a book, show or movie that I’m into. Even something super simple. For instance, if someone says, “such a sad book” or “wow, wait for the big twist” or “I knew right away who did it, it was so obvious” – I DON’T WANT TO KNOW. Then it makes me focus on their comment and I can’t just enjoy anymore. They always say, “but I didn’t give anything away.” And all I can think is, “YES YOU DID!” Now I know that it gets sad or that something SUPER BIG happens at some point in the story. I have a friend who does this all the time. Grrrr.

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  3. I don’t want to know! Someone spoiled a Jane Green book for me once, but I read it anyway to see what actually happened. I will include spoilers in a review, but place them farther down and put warnings ahead of time. I’ve only done that when I really need to discuss what happened in more detail.

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  4. It honestly totally depends on the book. One big spoiler that I actually prefer is if there is a married/committed couple in the book and part of the story is them trying to decide whether or not to stay together. I don’t mean like a romcom where they are OBVIOUSLY going to stay together, but a more serious book. I absolutely HATE reading stories where couples end up getting divorced in the end, so I’ll definitely look for spoilers about that kind of thing, because I don’t even want to bother with it if that’s how things are going to turn out haha

    I may be in the minority camp here, but spoilers don’t often bother me. While I’m not someone who reads the last chapter of the book first, I don’t always mind some foreknowledge going in. Although, of course, there are plenty of exceptions as there are some books where you should never know the twist ahead of time (The Girl With All the Gifts comes to mind).

    Anyway, interesting discussion. I try to be sensitive about it when I’m reviewing books and warn people if there are spoilers in my review. Sometimes it’s fun to have spoiler reviews because other people who have already read the book have commentary to add, too!!

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    1. This comment brings up some great points…thanks so much for leaving it! It’s such a personal preference if you enjoy spoilers or not. One of my closest friends LOVES to know spoilers ahead of time and it just baffles me, lol. WHY?!?!?

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      1. haha I’m not sure. Sometimes I think I get more stressed by not knowing the ending – knowing how things are going to turn out (roughly) lets me relax and enjoy the journey. My sister hates watching movies with me because I always want to know things like “Does he die?? I just need to know if he dies!” 😀

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