It’s time for some chit chat, Words for Worms style. I’ve been collecting questions from y’all over the last few weeks because I’m a big cheater face and I’m all about having you hit me with writing prompts. Thank heavens you beautiful bookworms are willing to keep giving me material!
Today’s question comes from the delightful Jenny at Reading the End. At what point in a book does information about the book become spoilers if someone tells it to you? Like if someone dies in the first chapter, is that a spoiler? Third chapter? Middle? (This is a selfish question because I do not understand how human brains comprehend spoilers, but I am trying to learn so I don’t accidentally spoil things for people.)
This is SUCH a good question. If y’all don’t read Jenny’s blog you probably should because it’s fabulous, but she’s the type of reader who revels in spoilers and, as her blog’s name suggests, reading the end of books before she reads the middle. There is no hard and fast rule to figuring out the perfect level of spoiler tolerance. I mean, on one hand you have the Jennys of the world where virtually nothing is a spoiler simply because their enjoyment of a book isn’t hindered by knowing the outcome in advance. At the other end of the spectrum, there are people who are so fiercely spoiler averse that they won’t even read the synopsis of a book on the jacket. Pretty extreme, right? I mean, how do you know if you want to read something if you don’t even have an inkling as to what it’s about?
Personally, spoilers only bother me when there’s a big mystery to be had or when it’s part of a major series I’m invested in. Like, I’d have been REALLY upset if someone hit me with Harry Potter spoilers for the last few books, but of course that was nearly impossible to do as I purchased the books immediately upon their release and holed up until I finished reading them. I’ve totally been guilty of oversharing plots in the past, so I’ve adopted a simple rule. If the publisher revealed it in their blurb, I’m not going to feel guilty about “spoiling” anything. Do publishers sometimes reveal too much? Maybe? But if it’s THAT easy to find at least it’s not MY fault. Guilt absolved. (My Catholic roots are showing, aren’t they?)
What do you think, Bookworms? Where do you fall on the spoiler tolerance spectrum?
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