I fully admit that I’m a Spoiler Ho. I have no problem whatsoever if you spoil a story for me. None. As a matter of fact, I almost always want the story to be spoiled. When I say, “Dude, tell me what happens” I really mean, “Dude, tell me what happens”. I have a couple friends who HATE spoilers. HATE THEM HATE THEM HATE THEM. When they say, “Dude, tell me what happens” what they really mean is, “I’m uber curious but if you tell me I will kill you deader than a doornail.”
Because I respect that, I try to be cautious about revealing spoilers. If I feel I just have to share (which is sometimes the case) I try to clearly mark them as such, and even try to black them out when possible. But I was thinking today..what do you consider spoilers?
I don’t consider things that happen in the first few chapters spoilers. Well, let me qualify that and say most of the time. There are exceptions (like it’s the 3rd book in a series and the main character dies in the 2nd chapter, then yeah, major spoiler), but if it pertains to the story in a small way..well, I don’t consider that a spoiler.
As an example: I was telling Nath about a book yesterday and mentioned something about how they met and what ended up being one of their major conflicts. The thing is, the back blurb alludes to it and it’s revealed in the first few chapters (though it’s not resolved until much later in the story) so I didn’t feel bad telling her about it.
I know some of you have mentioned hating to even read the blurb of a book for fear of being spoiled, so I’m curious: What’s acceptable and what’s not? Is a spoiler a spoiler a spoiler, or is it ok to tell a little bit about the story in general?
Then again, I’m the one that always reads the last chapter of a book before starting the first, so….