Table Talk: To spoil or not to spoil?

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When you’re an entertainment aficionado everything you do is spoilery, especially if you keep a blog. You read. You watch. You write. And when you write, you wield the power on what you want to reveal.

Recently, I’ve had the wonderful opportunity to take part in the fandom chaos for the release of the final book in a series. I haven’t had the pleasure since Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows in 2007. Anyway, it was just that … kind of chaotic. As with most final book releases goes, there’s usually a block on previews or advance reading copies to stop spoilers from happening. There was a lot of discussion on this and, of course, many discussions on spoilers itself. Majority of the participants were very strict about no spoilers. They didn’t want to hear so much as places in the story until they read it for themselves.

I, for one, LOVE spoilers. Yes, I am that kind of girl. Some would call me impatient. Others would call me buzz kill/kill joy/no fun. And they would probably be right. In some ways, I just have to know what happens. A huge part of it, though, is because I love the story telling. Even if I know who dies or if they do find the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow, I still want to know how they get there. I want to see the story unfold, so to speak.

How did he tell her he loves her? Did he tell her in a restaurant? Did they take a moonlit walk? What was her initial reaction?

How exactly did they find that lost city? Was it really in the map? Who found the missing link? Was in a secret language that could only be revealed by a moon in a specific month?

And how, exactly, was Snape a good guy?

Seriously. Spoilers don’t bother me as much because I love the art of storytelling.

Yes, but you kill the excitement.

To some, yes. Knowing what happens kills the suspense and excitement, but not for me. I mean, part of the excitement is not knowing. I get that. But not when the excitement is how the story unfolds, like it is to me.

But do you have to ruin it for everyone? Do you *have* to write about it?

Now, just because I love spoilers doesn’t mean everyone loves them … and I get that, so of course I don’t want to ruin it for anyone. But I do believe that you should take responsibility for your preference to spoilers and act accordingly. I do my best to put a spoiler alert warning before every review post, but I’m not a psychic. I can’t read minds so I’m depending on you to use caution. It’s up to you whether you want to cross that caution tape and you shouldn’t get mad if you read something that spoils it for you. I do my best to keep descriptions brief, but if there’s a scene I really love or a passage I really enjoy, I’m going to share it.

With that said, I propose some guidelines for anyone seeking reviews.

First, expect spoilers. It’s as simple as that. All reviews will have a small degree of spoilery hints or such so it’s pointless to not to expect them.

Second, if you don’t like spoilers, stay away from the internet and all things social media. I know it doesn’t seem fair, but it’s easier for you to stay away than for every media outlet to keep in mind a spoiler clause, especially if they were privileged enough to get a sneak peek so they could write a review. Since I’m a book blogger, I sometimes get requests to preview books in exchange for a review. Some reviews asks me not to post my review until the release dates, others ask me to follow a general guideline of what to post, but the purpose of a sneak peek is to generate buzz for that book and I can’t do that if I don’t entice the audience a little.

And …well, I thought I had more, but everything boils down to those two points.

So, my best advice? Just go with the flow. You can’t really control what the media does, including a humble book/movie blog, but you can control what you do 😉 .



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