Comments: 27
As the page turns.. 5 years ago
I agree with you, I don't understand it either! Btw love the rabbit in the picture!
BrokenTune 5 years ago
Thanks. I'm sorry about the rant but I was really looking forward to the book, only to consider whether it is worth reading now at all. :(
As the page turns.. 5 years ago
Ohh I'm sorry! I think you should just pretend like you never read it unless it's so major that knowing it completely ruined it. Lesson learned : not all people use the spoiler tag ...
Sarah's Library 5 years ago
When I first began reviewing at GR I didn't realise the importance of spoiler tags and would frequently forget to mark an applicable review, now I make a bold/underlined/italicised/caps statement at the top of most of my reviews just in case. Maybe that person was insensible to the damage they could be doing to another's reading experience. Or maybe they just didn't care.

Edit to ask: Was it the Kate Chopin biography? Because that is quite obnoxious and someone else has made a comment on the review asking for a spoiler alert. I don't THINK they were being attention-seeking, I think they were just not thinking about the impact of their words.
BrokenTune 5 years ago
No, it wasn't the Kate Chopin one,...but thanks for the heads up on that one. Like I said, I usually only read the reviews once I have read the book.

I was trying to find the review again to see if there was any point in maybe leaving a comment but now I can't find it. Looks like the order of community reviews on GR might be different when looking at them on a pc rather than the app.
Sarah's Library 5 years ago
I try not to even see the average rating. If I know it has an average under 3.5 I go in looking for things wrong with it, and if it has an average over 4 I go in expecting it to be fantastic. Either way I bias myself before I've even opened the book.
BrokenTune 5 years ago
Wow. I can't say that i have been affected much by average ratings, but i can see how it might bias your expectations.
BrokenTune 5 years ago
Don't get me started on horrible blurbs...but, yes, horrible blurbs - be it spoilers or bland generic descriptions - have made me pass on books, too.
SlowReader's Kingdom 5 years ago
I try not to read reviews before I have read the books, I'm interested in, even here on BL.
I catch myself giving away spoilers when it comes to Harry Potter. I just forget that there are people who have never read or wtached Harry Potter. So especially in Tags I catch myself again and again that I have given away plot spoilers unintentionally.
BrokenTune 5 years ago
Well, like I said, the author of that particular review might not have been aware of the effect of their creation, but still, to put the main plot twist into the first sentence?? (And a rather short first sentence at that.)

As I said, I only glanced at it but the spoiler stuck out so much - i.e. one-word reveal - that what was seen just cannot be unseen.

It was like if you start a review for a crime thriller with "The killer was X."

SlowReader's Kingdom 5 years ago
Totally understand that. Intentionally or not. Spoilers are not okay! Especially in the first sentence.
BrokenTune 5 years ago
I guess, I'm spoiled. Most, if not all, people I follow or interact with here and on GR use spoiler tags or give a heads-up on whether they are discussing the plot or twists etc. in a book - even when commenting on something! So, it sucks just that little bit more when coming across one of those spoiler-ridden reviews without any warning.
Uggghh. That's the worst! Sorry that happened to you. That's why I don't include spoilers in my reviews, I would never want to ruin the fun for anyone else. I can't believe they'd put it in the first line too. I feel like that's a deliberate douchecanoe move.
BrokenTune 5 years ago
I really don't have a problem with spoilers in reviews if they are hidden or if there is a warning. The first sentence thing, tho.... :( Loving the term "douchecanoe", btw.
Familiar Diversions 5 years ago
My reviews often have spoilers, and I pity anyone who follows me primarily via my Blogger blog since I don't have the ability to use spoiler tags there (I do give warnings at the beginnings of my posts, though). Since my reviews are partly written for future forgetful me, I find the spoilers helpful...but I also make sure to use spoiler tags here and at Librarything (and Goodreads, back when I reviewed there).
BrokenTune 5 years ago
It makes a huge difference if you give people a warning that the review contains spoilers. At least, they have the choice of whether to read on or not.
Hol 5 years ago
You have my sympathy-it's so infuriating when that happens. It happened to me once when I looked at an Amazon review, so I've stayed away since that point. My reviews are always completely spoiler free. Are you still planning to read the book? I'm sure you're doubtful at best now.
BrokenTune 5 years ago
I think I will. It's a book that is outside of my comfort genres but I'm really intrigued about the writing. At least, I haven't bought it, so if it doesn't work out or if knowing the twist really gets in the way, I can just return it to the library.
Hol 5 years ago
Ah, the good old library. Gotta love them.
BrokenTune 5 years ago
Yes, i only recently re-joined them after years of using the uni libraries close to me. Now, i found out I can use both the city and shire library books on Overdrive and the city branches deliver(!) to a branch of my choice. I did not know that! So chuffed. There is a branch just 5 minutes from my work and they share a huge car park with the neighbouring supermarket. Bingo!
Jennifer's Books 5 years ago
Ugh...I hate spoilers, so I understand your frustration.

I won a book once from goodreads, and it featured a big reveal, and I went to the book page to update my progress, and happened to glance at the top shelves (or genres, whichever one it is they feature), and had the big reveal spoiled because someone's shelf told what it was.

Another time before that, back before I quit the Sookie Stackhouse books, I was maybe about four books in, and glanced over to see that the trivia question featured spoiled a huge plot point from a later book. I was so mad about that one that I created a topic about it in the Feedback forum. (I don't think they list trivia questions on the book page anymore, just link to them.)
BrokenTune 5 years ago
Not good. That really sucks if the spoilers are so obvious.

Like I said above, I don't mind spoilers if they are hidden or if there is a warning that an article has spoilers. I mean, sometimes spoilers are necessary to discuss an aspect of a book, but I prefer giving people warning about revelations and, where possible, hiding them in tags.
Jennifer's Books 5 years ago
I agree...I have posted spoilers in reviews in the past, but have always hidden them or warned for them if hiding wasn't an option.
5 years ago
I try not to read other people's reviews before I pick up the book for that exact reason. Some people don't really review, they just summarize the plot, which to me seems pointless. I only read reviews after I'm finished and I try hard not to spoil things for the review reader.

BTW, I approve wholeheartedly of the disapproving bunny photo!
BrokenTune 5 years ago
I thought you might appreciate the disapproving bunny. :D