I’m someone who’s not terrified of spoilers, so sometimes writing reviews is particularly hard. I don’t want to spoil anything for anyone else, because we seem to a community that avoids spoilers at all costs.
I find this weird because I didn’t have many books as a kid and used to read the same books over and over again, obviously knowing the spoilers, and still enjoying the story.
So when I went seeking spoilers for several books last year, trying to find out if what I suspected was the truth, I was frustrated by absolutely no one spoiling anything.
In Soulprint I wanted to know if a particular character had the soulprint of another and despite clicking through lots of reviews, even those marked with spoilers, no one mentioned it.
In The Third Twin, I wanted to know the resolution of the story and yes, once again I was thwarted, despite looking at lots of reviews.
Why was no one spoiling anything? Why couldn’t I find the answers even when I went looking at reviews that hated these books?
Are spoilers really that scary?
Sometimes a spoiler can make me want to read a book.
Take Red Queen for example. I dismissed it as just another fluffy YA high fantasy and I tried to stay away from the hype, but one day I found myself on a website listing ten big twists in recent YA books (I’ve looked, but I can’t find this article! Sorry!). Being the type who’s OK with spoiling things if I’m looking it up for myself (Star Wars: The Force Awakens was MAJORLY hard to find any spoilers pre-release), I read through this list only to come across the major twist/spoiler near the end of Red Queen. It wasn’t your typical fluffy YA fantasy and I instantly I thought the twist sounded so cool, and I bought the book.
In that case, I needed to know the spoiler to convince me to read the book.
Why as a community are we so afraid of spoilers?