Thursday, March 8, 2012

This Post Does NOT Contain Spoilers

Hi, everyone!

Today I wanted to talk about something that drives me crazy: spoilers. I know I'm not the only one that wants to pull their hair out when the ending of a book is spoiled for you. It could be just a friend talking about it, or a reviewer forgetting to write *spoiler alert* on their post, anyway it happens, its aggravating.

I'm what apparently is called a 'purist'. Which makes a lot of sense. Why is that? Well, I don't read spoilers. Ever. I never read the last page of a book first. I don't look at quotes of the day (usually). I don't read chapter excerpts or teasers. I don't watch book trailers. I don't even read cover summaries most of the time. I don't read anything that could contain any sort of spoiler. I'm a very extreme case, and I understand that. But, I hate spoilers. Too many times I've read the back of the book, only to have it tell me something that doesn't happen until 100 pages in. It's maddening! I also get frustrated when people say things such as "OMG the ending!", because that is a spoiler to me. Now I know something crazy happens at the end, so I'm not shocked. That can ruin a book for me. And it's happened to me countless times (particularly with a certain YA author of a popular series who happens to tweet spoilers ALL THE TIME). If I buy I sequel, or the next book in the series I NEVER read the summary. (Seriously. To name a few examples I currently own Pandemonium, Clockwork Prince, Unbroken, and Silence and I don't have a clue what they are about. Just that they'll continue the story of the previous novels) That's just who I am.

A lot of people think I'm odd for the extent I go to to avoid spoilers (see a post later in the week for how far I went for The Fault in Our Stars), but it doesn't bother me. I love getting shocked. I love reading a story and having no clue where it's going to go. I love picking up a book, without the knowledge of what it contains. It's wonderful. On this blog, I'll do my best to avoid spoilers. No review will end with a "And the ending!" paragraph. But if I see that a book trailer is out, I'll post it. I won't watch it, but that doesn't mean you can't! Same goes with summaries. This blog will be as much as of a spoiler-free zone as I can make it!

I really want this blog to be a great place to visit, and place to keep you informed. I'm still getting the hang of everything, but I'm loving it so far! I hope you guys are too!

How about you? Don't mind spoilers? Hate them? I would love to know your opinion!

- Ciara who is lost at midnight


  1. I feel pretty similarly - I almost never read jacket flaps b/c I like to go into the story without knowing what to expect. Sometimes that makes being a part of the blogosphere a little tricky b/c you want to read your friends' posts, but you also don't want to get too much information! I've just kind of figured out whose reviews I like to read b/c they never give too much away. However! I DEFinitely almost always post something about the ending if there's a huge twist. And you know? I don't really see that as a spoiler. B/c if it's part of a trilogy, then you know there's going to be some kind of crazy cliffhanger ending anyway. I'm glad you brought that up though - I'll try to be more cautious about not revealing too much in the future!

    1. Thanks for the reply! I'm glad I'm not the only one who rarely reads jacket flaps! I agree with that one! Usually if I see something that sounds like a spoiler, I skip over it. I'm glad to have a different perspective (about the endings) and I do see what you mean. I didn't have a huge issue with it, until a certain author tweeted SO MANY things about the ending that when I finally finished it ruined the book, cause the ending had no impact. So, ever since then, I've avoided them. Thank you again :D I love hearing other people's opinions!

  2. I don't like the surprise of the book being ruined; but I do read the synopsis on Goodreads; I usually read the jacket on books; and I am a bit of a trailer whore lol. I always warn people if my review contains spoilers because I don't like to be reading someone's review of a book I haven't read yet then Woops! Don't need to read that one anymore, lol. I go pretty in depth with my reviews so sometimes I slip things out without realizing it - but I try to make sure people know what could happen if they haven't read yet and read my review. Good topic!

    1. Thanks for commenting! I think it always depends on the person, for how much a spoiler things are. If it's in the plot synopsis, then I don't technically consider it to be a spoiler. I just don't read about it anyways lol. As long as there's warnings, I think that's find. It's the reviews without them that can be annoying. Thanks for stopping by!

  3. I hate spoilers and go very far to avoid them...the week that Mockingjay came out, I basically avoided the internet. Usually I will make a not when a blogger I like reviews a book in my TBR pile. Then I'll go back and read their review after I've written mine.

    Welcome to book blogging; it's so much fun!


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