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I’d have been a lot more appreciative if he hadn’t pushed me first." Cassandra Palmer ― Hunt the Moon by Karen Chance

Monday, April 2, 2012

Book Blogger Confessions(1)

Book Blogger Confessions is a new Monday meme started by Tiger at Tiger's All-Consuming Books and Karen at For What It's Worth. The purpose of the meme is best stated by Karen here:
"Tiger and I thought it might be time to start a meme to discuss some of the frustrations that are unique to book bloggers. What happens when the hobby you love becomes more of a chore?
This meme will appear on the first and third Mondays of the month. Tiger or Karen will give us a question to respond to and a linky for sharing our responses and developing community.

This week's questions is:
Spoilers in reviews: Do you read them, do you include them? How do you describe (or avoid describing) spoilery parts of a book?

I'll answer them in order..
Do I read them? Not always, but sometimes. If it's a series I've been reading for a while, I try not to read too many spoilers. If it's a book I'm deciding on reading, I read some but try to stray away from book shattering spoilers, like death, who they end up with, etc. It's hard to read some and not all of the spoiler, but I manage to do it. Mostly. 

Do I include them? Again, not always. If it something that's bugging me, or will help explain the review better I will write spoilers, but I try to hide them and give the reader a choice to highlight and read or not. 

How do I describe (or avoid describing) spoilery parts of a book?
Hrmm.. Like I said, I give a bit of a spoiler but I hide it so the reader has a choice to read it or not. I don't usually flat out say a character has died or anything as serious as that, but I do describe the scenario of what's going on and my thoughts on it. 
Honestly though, it depends on the book and if it's a crucial part of the story I may hint on that, but I try to be reasonable and not flat out state something. 

*shrugs* It's hard to explain my method of madness... *laughs*

What's your answers to these questions??


Jo said...

I try to avoid putting spoilers in my review, and if I think I'm getting too close, will stop right there. But I don't mind them too much in other people's reviews.

Tiger Holland said...

Thanks for joining us, Natasha! I'm the same way about avoiding spoilers for series I'm really invested in--if I've followed a series for three books or more, I suddenly get very nervous about being told who dies or who ends up with who ahead of time!

Karen said...

Sometimes I feel like I'm walking that line in my reviews too. If I think what I'm saying is a potential spoiler I add a warning.
Thanks for joining BBC this week!

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