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Rants & Rambles is a weekly feature where I share my own personal thoughts and opinions about both bookish and blogging related topics. As stated, these are MY OWN opinions and while you can choose to disagree with it, I hope that you at least respect it.
This week on Rants & Rambles I want to discuss:
SPOILERS. We all hate them. Actually, I take that back because not everyone hates them, some actually aren’t bothered by them. But I hate them with such a passion and whenever I come across one, my initial instinct is to rage.
I’ve been very good at avoiding spoilers for pretty much everything. TV shows, movies, books, all forms of media. But for the past few months with some of my most anticipated releases, I haven’t been able to avoid ANY TYPE OF SPOILERY INFORMATION! It sucks because one of the main reasons I love reading is because I like to make up theories about how a story will end and also see if I can guess the plot twists. If there are spoilers everywhere, how am I expected to let my imagination run wild without any outside influences?
The spoiler situation has gotten out of hand recently and I’ve been trying so hard to avoid them, that it’s actually started to affect my reading experience. I feel this pressure to read faster just so I can finish a book without having the unfortunate event of being spoiled. I’ve also haven’t had much time to read anyways, so it’s like added pressure and it actually makes me not want to read at all. I’m a read pretty fast in general, but sometimes, I want to savor a book, and I can’t do that with spoilers everywhere. Let’s take my current read for example, Crooked Kingdom. We’ve seen the warnings, “No Mourners. No Funerals. NO SPOILERS.” and the thing is, why do we have to put these warnings out in the first place? Shouldn’t it be common courtesy to NOT behave in this manner?
Spoilers affect one’s reading experience and can take the joy out of enjoying what could possibly be an amazing book. That in turns affects ratings which sucks because it shouldn’t. I don’t care how old a series, show, movie has been out, if I say no spoilers, I MEAN NO SPOILERS! I want to be able to rate and review books without outside influences and if everyone if tossing their own two cents around, that won’t happen. So please, can we get it together and stop with the spoilers on social media? It’s not cute, it’s not fun and you’re just ruing the fun for the rest of us.
I am going to attempt to finish Crooked Kingdom with happy thoughts because this book is too damn good and I will not let my reading experience be ruined my spoilers. Just let’s be more mindful about ruining the fun for others. Spoilers in reviews and blog posts are okay, but let’s try to keep them off of other social media platforms.
That is all for this week’s Rants & Rambles. I hope you enjoyed my random thoughts!
Have spoilers ever affected your reading experience?
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