By Charlie P.
You’re checking out a book on Goodreads and start reading some of the reviews. You find one in particular that uses all kinds of great memes to deliver their message (and you love memes). And that’s when you see it. The spoiler. Now you’re pissed and no longer want to read the book because hell, what’s the point, right? The reviewer has already told you what happens!
I don’t think I need to express how absolutely monstrous it is to spoil a book in a review…ESPECIALLY with no warning or disclaimer. I am of the mindset that all spoilers should be banned from a review, but that's just me. But as an avid reader myself, let me tell you, there’s nothing worse than reading a review and running up on a spoiler for a book I was really excited to read. It makes me so mad and I know I’m not the only one.
I honestly don’t understand the reason for giving away the plot in a review, other than you’re a horrible person and want to spoil the book for others, or you don’t know how to write a review, period. Whatever the reason, I believe readers should avoid this at all costs. Not only do you ruin the reading experience for others, but you also hurt the author. Now fewer people (even if it’s just one or two) are not going to read the author’s book because you spoiled it for them. And that really is sad when that happens.
So if you can, avoid spoilers in your reviews whenever possible. There is a way to share your love or hate of a book without telling other readers everything that happens. And if you can’t manage to do that, maybe you should reconsider reviewing that book at all. But hey, that’s just my opinion.
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