Reader Confession – Sometimes we love a book so much we’re tempted to spoiler-talk (or we accidentally do)…

by Maryse on August 16, 2017 · 9 comments

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SPOILER ALERT!!! I LOVE fish sticks. *smirk* :P

Okay so… many (including me) are ANTI-SPOILER TO THE CORE!!! That said… sometimes… SOMETIMES, we *get* why some can’t help but accidentally spoil a book they’re so enthusiastic about. In fact, I did it to one of my very best book friends (Samantha) once and she was TICKED!!!!!!! It was a very sparkly vampire series, and we were both totally obsessed with that main hottie vampire, and she was going on and on about where she was at in the books, and I mistakenly said, and OMG just wait until the part where she becomes a vampire. OH. EM. GEEEEEEEE!!! THAT PART IS INSANE!!!

And she goes… MA-RYSE!!!!!!!!!!! HOW COULD YOU!!!??? I DIDN’T KNOW THAT WAS GOING TO HAPPEN. She still loved me after, but she scowled at me for DAYS. *whoooooops* MY BAD. Sorry Samantha. I still feel bad about that, but it was SO good wasn’t it? Even if you KNEW it was coming, it was still THAT good. ;)

bev: About spoilers but not a spoiler. Don’t you ever wish you could just talk about it and all the details and not worry about spoiling anyone? Though I have been spoiled before in bad ways. Like, you just have a away the whole story or motivation. But sometimes I just want to discuss it, lol.

Maryse: LOL bev. That spoiler-need confession sounds like a reader confession if I ever heard one. ;) I think I may feature this tonight, because I have no doubt that many feel the same way.

And yes, sometimes the book is SO darn good I just want to retell it to anyone who’ll listen (in it’s entirety) because I AM DESPERATE for them to understand my love for the book and WHY (hence my teeter-tottering in the spoiler direction), and re-live it with readers (or watchers – if it’s a movie) so we can gasp and ooooh and ahhhh over all the crazy stuff.

Sometimes we even pick up on stuff we missed that way, or even suddenly “clue in” and understand things even better when another tells it to us from their own perspective. Spoiler-chat is fun for sure. And in fact, SOMETIMES… and ONLY SOMETIMES, a “spoiler” moment that is revealed might actually entice me to read the book, just on that jaw-dropping spoiler alone. As long as the whole thing isn’t spoiled by that reveal, of course. And never tell me the ending. That’s my hard limit.

but sometimes I get reader questions, and there are spoilers in there (and I haven’t read the book) but the way the book is described makes me want to read it anyway. So… I have a love-hate relationship with spoilers for sure, but I get you.

bev: Maryse, yes to the clue in part. So much yes. It is why I sometimes read recaps after I watch a show or re read a review that made me read the book in the first place. I discover new things all the time. I love seeing people’s reactions or what they are invested in.

So tell us about your spoiler-tastes, and if you accidentally ever spoiled a story or show or movie for someone… ;)

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bev August 16, 2017 at 7:30 PM

I probably have spoiled before….sorry.
But usually I don’t want to spoil I just want everyone to watch/read it all ready so we can talk about it. About all of it. No spoiler tags just let it all out.

Like a puppy with a rope. Come on and play already, lol.

Maryse August 16, 2017 at 9:46 PM

LOL!!! I love that analogy!!!! :P

Leslie M August 17, 2017 at 6:40 AM

I am sure with my ramblings I have accidentally spoiled things for people without meaning to. Sorry! :( It’s especially hard in this blog with no spoiler tags, so I tend to be more tight lipped here.

My “thing” is that I don’t like overly depressing books, stories with death/terminal illness and non-HEA. So when I hear that everyone ugly cried, I start my investigation. I will usually grill the non-marmys (NEVER trust a Marmy member folks!) and get enough spoilers to determine if I can handle book or not.

For movies, I like to go see them opening weekend as I am paranoid of getting spoiled. Hubs was so freaking out when The Force Awakens came out that he practically wore noise cancelling headphones til we got to theater. Hee hee

Lisa Aiello August 17, 2017 at 7:14 AM

I try to be respectful if people don’t want to be spoiled…I’m sure I’ve accidentally let the cat out of the bag a time or two. I am, however, a spoiler junkie. I keep saying I won’t do it…but part way through a book (or sometimes even before I dive), I find myself trolling for reviews, explanations, spoilers. It’s like I can’t wait to get there myself…and it’s so dumb, but I can’t help myself!

Leslie M August 17, 2017 at 7:36 AM

Lisa, I do that too. But its like I only want certain things spoiled or half-spoilers. Then I get mad if I stumble on major spoiler!

Fabi August 17, 2017 at 8:44 AM

As much as I like talking about books, there’s probably nothing I hate worse than spoilers. I will barely glance at blurbs and reviews to books I really want to read. I want to go in completely blind and let my own mind and heart unravel with the plot.

Ashley August 17, 2017 at 2:28 PM

I hate spoilers. I especially hate it when the description of a book gives away too many spoilers. A few of the audiobooks I have listened to have been spoiled for me by the description, I’ll say ‘oooh this sounds good!’ but then it’ll be 6 hours into the book when part of the description comes into play and to top it off it’s one of the plot twists of the book! And I’m always saying to myself this was part of the official blurb/description…why?!?! You’re ruining your own book!

bev August 17, 2017 at 6:04 PM

But don’t you all ever want the discussion with another fan?

Not that I would want to spoil others but that is sort of the fun of finding “your people”.

Like when I finally read Illuminae won’t you just want to talk it all over, Fabi?

Fabi August 18, 2017 at 9:07 AM

Yes bev, that’s why I love connecting with my book peeps online. I love talking about a book either as we’re reading it or after we’ve finished it.

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