Sunday, November 24, 2013

[Coffee Shop Talks] Spoilers - Do you read them or avoid them?

For the first two years on Goodreads, when I was a more active participant, I would read my friend's spoilers all of the time. I didn't really have any concerns about the story being ruined for me. I viewed it more as seeing what I had to look forward to. That way of thinking changed when I was scrolling through a conversation on Goodreads about Frostbite because I had just finished reading it and I came across a huge fan art spoiler for the next book in the series. Those of you who have read Shadow Kiss can guess who the picture was of and what he/she looked like. The caption read something like, 

Yep, that's right. In a discussion about book 2, someone wanted to talk about everything that happened in book 3.

I still read Shadow Kiss and it was pretty good. Would it have been better without the twist revealed ahead of time? Definitely.

So that's my experience. What about you? Have you ever had a story spoiled for you? Or do you enjoy reading spoilers?

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Great question! I try not to give spoilers, but I'm terrible when it comes to stopping myself from reading other people's. A lot of times I'll even actively seek them out when I'm trying to decide whether or not to start a series or trilogy. I want to know that the main character gets a happily ever after in the end. There was a YA trilogy that just came out, and I would have been really ticked off if I hadn't read the spoilers. It wasn't really one that I loved, so it saved me from trying to finish off something that would have disappointed me. I do agree that I wouldn't want to see a spoiler about an upcoming twist in one of my favorite series, though.

Jennifer TheBookNympho said...

I've been spoiled a on few books/series through reviews and/or on Twitter. So now I don't read reviews on books I've not read yet by some people I know get a little spoilery or give TMI on a book until after I read the book.

Danielle Romero said...

Urgh I hate when that happens!

Great post! xo

Traci Horton said...

Goodreads is a hotbed for spoilers and only some of the people actually use the spoiler tag to hide it. That means I have to scan very carefully when I'm on there to not accidentally read something I don't want to.

Bookworm Brandee said...

I try my best to avoid spoilers. It does take away from my enjoyment of a book. I have a friend who reads the end of a book when things are going 'badly' to make sure she wants to finish it and I just can't imagine! LOL

Ruby Jo said...

I try my best to stay away from spoilers. It doesn't always work out the way I want to, because I'm terribly curious and I can't help myself. I have no self control sometimes. Does it change the way I experience the story? Not always. Sometimes, in a weird way, it kind of amplifies it, because I already know what happens and it makes it even more dramatic. With Shadowkiss, for example, I already had an idea because while I didn't read any spoilers or reviews, I did read the blurbs of all the books and it hinted to what was going to happen and to what had already happened, so it wasn't a huge surprise (I have to say that I read that series after it was completed, so maybe that made it different) and because of that the entire book I was sad and I wanted to hide because I knew how the story might end. But yes, if it's an ongoing series, I try to stay away from spoilers as much as I can, unless curiosity gets the best of me :D

Sharonda L said...

It depends for me. If its a book I really want to read, then I'll just bypass it...if not, I don't mind it. I used to not like them at all, but now they're all over the can't help but run into a few :)

fishgirl182 said...

I usually avoid spoilers for most things. I would rather be surprised and find out what happens on my own. I was spoiled once by, of all things, a t-shirt. My friend had the "spoiler" shirt from Threadless and I glanced at it one day and it spoiled one of the Harry Potter books for me by saying that a certain character died (before I had read the book). I was pretty annoyed. :)

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