Last Week’s Discussion:
Spoilers in Book Reviews
If you read my book reviews you know that I always have a spoiler section and I mean always! But maybe that’s not such a good idea. Maybe that’s why no one ever reads my book reviews. To better understand this dilemma, I brought the question to the discussioners last week. Now, let’s see what they had to say!
“I try my best not to spoil.”
“I think [reviews with spoilers and without] are fine, so long as you clearly communicate which kind of review you’re writing early on.”
“[…] if I were to put spoilers in a post, I’d rather make it either a discussion thread or a separate spoiler review! […] I respect that most bloggers would like to share what they think, and that they would want to support their views and opinions with details from the book, and that’s perfectly fine! Just indicate before anything else that there will be spoilers in said review. “
“I tend to be one of the people who reads my reviews before I’ve read the book so unlabeled spoilers are very frustrating. Usually all I’m looking for is the general opinion of the plot from someone else who read it. Was it something they couldn’t put down or did the plot go nowhere.”
Well, I’d say that pretty much settles the debate. If you write your book reviews for other people (which you are if you’re posting on a blog), then it’s a good idea to either not have spoilers or clearly mark them for the readers. You don’t want any accidental eyes wandering into dangerous territory. That’s a quick way to lose a loyal reader.
Check out this week’s discussion on Thursday at 10am EST:
Book Review Length