To Spoil or Not to Spoil?

I was thinking about spoilers today and whether I care about them or not.  In the review I wrote yesterday for A River Runs Through It, I complained that the introduction (which is common in classics), had a spoiler in it.  I felt a little like a hypocrite once I thought about it, so I figured I’d write a post and see if I can work it out for myself.

I have what a lot of people would consider a bad habit.  When I’m usually somewhere between a third and halfway through a book, I often flip to the last page to see how it turned out.  I know, I know.  I can’t help it.  It’s almost compulsive.  I can’t stand the suspense!  Especially if I’m totally in love with the characters.  I just want to know they’ve made it through.  Or not.  I don’t care.  I have to know!  Now!  Dammit!

Anyway, I’m going to try to explain why I usually don’t care about spoilers.  Well, I guess it’s obvious from the last paragraph.  I’m going to spoil it for myself, so who cares if someone else spoils it for me?  For me, usually, reading a book is about just that.  Reading the book.  The journey is truly what’s most important to me.  Not just how it ends, but how the story comes to that end.

So I think about the whole A River Runs Through It spoiler thing is more about protecting people who care about spoilers.  Maybe being indignant on their behalf.  I still think introductions should be more post scripts.  Often what bothers me about introductions is they end up coloring my reading of a book.  And I hate that.  Dammit!

I guess the bottom line is that I don’t care about spoilers.  Spoil away!  It won’t change my reading experience.

What do you think about spoilers?  Yes? Hell no?  Am I weird because I don’t mind them (go ahead and be honest)?

This Post Has 5 Comments

  1. Kali

    We are always on the same wavelength, I’ve been thinking about this as well! Mainly because I’ve noticed New York Times book reviews lead with such huge spoilers sometimes, and never give any sort of spoiler warning. I recently read/reviewed Wolf in White Van and the NY Times review summarizes it in the first paragraph in a way that I would think of as a spoiler. I noticed the same thing with their review of The Quick. I think people should always have a choice–so many books depend on revealing their own secrets to the reader; so I try to not give anything away.

    1. Leila

      I try not to spoil buy sometimes I think my definition of a spoiler is different than other people’s. That is pretty bad thought with NYT doing full on spoiling. I think mine are small slips. Not the whole plot. That’s just rude.

  2. Brenda @DailyMayo

    I don’t really like spoilers myself. I think, like you mentioned, they can color how I read a book. I guess I like being surprised and the option to guess at what might happen! For some books though, spoilers don’t matter a whole lot, particularly if the book has a predictable plot! Thanks for linking up with Quote Me Thursday! I always look forward to your posts. 🙂

    1. Leila

      Thanks for hosting such a broad link up! I love the variety.

  3. Julie

    Certain books that unravel in such a way that knowing the ending would ruin the book, yes, I do care about spoilers. But much of the time I’m like you, trying to look up to know whether something specific happens, whether my predictions are right, cause I’m too impatient to read to find out hehe.

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