Why Spoilers Are Never A Good Thing | Rants & Rambles

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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:

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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?

Let me know in the comments!

-Ari (2)

25 thoughts on “Why Spoilers Are Never A Good Thing | Rants & Rambles

  1. Love this post! I don’t like spoilers myself and I do NOT write spoilers in my reviews. I agree that it should be common courtesy not to post spoilery comments. But it seems inevitable to stay away from them sometimes. You can write a good review without spoiling anything. It’s a fact.

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    • I totally agree that you can write a good review without spoiling anything. I try to keep mine spoiler free for the most part, but sometimes for series review I let a few spoiler slip out here and there or else I can’t seem to full explain my reasoning for feeling a certain way. But a warning is always stated beforehand because I would hate to spoil someone who has yet to read the book.

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  2. I completely agree with everything you said in this! I hate spoilers. I’ve spoiled books for myself in the past but in those instances I was doing that myself and not intentionally spoiled by someone else for something I wanted to go into blind. It really does ruin the whole reading experience because instead of being completely surprised and getting that reaction out of reading you want you already know what happens and it’s kind of anticlimactic. It’s definitely common courtesy and more people should recognize that.

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    • I always go into books without knowing anything at all. I rarely ever read synopsis of books, which is not always a good thing because it could’ve saved me from reading a few bad books, but I prefer it that way. Even if I know majority of my blogger friends enjoyed a book and they tell me that I will love it too, I still want my reactions and feelings to be my own so I always tell them to tell me how they felt after I finished this way I’m not influenced my their opinions.

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  3. Twitter is the worst for spoilers!

    I get that you want to share your frustrations/exclamations with fellow readers but don’t forget about the people who haven’t read the book yet! The number of spoilers I’ve seen for Empire of Storms simply by scrolling through my Twitter feed is unbelievable and honestly shouldn’t be happening without a warning.

    I think that’s my biggest peeve: no warning. Don’t take away my choice to avoid or read a spoiler by not saying “spoiler alert” before you spew the spoiler!

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    • Twitter is where I see majority of the spoilers and I hate it. Especially when people get into arguments and start going into details about specific events just to prove a point and it’s the worst! I’m starting to see them on Goodreads too. I’ve seen reviews where people post a spoiler in their first sentence, no warnings whatsoever, and it’s bolded so it’s hard to not see it. I know the EoS spoilers were everywhere, I literally couldn’t scroll down my feed until I finished. Spoilers totally take the fun out of reading sometimes.

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      • I’ve been lucky and have avoided (somehow) EoS spoilers but I made sure to get the book ASAP so nothing would be spoiled.
        I’ve read too many on my news feed on goodreads too. I used to just have the authors I followed show up on the feed to avoid that. But now they’ve changed the feed so I am extra careful now.

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  4. I truly feel you with this post. I hate spoilers. I don’t even understand why people do it. The only time I’d post a spoiler is if I tagged my review (and thus my social media link to my blog) as SPOILER REVIEW. That way, you’d see before opening it. I actually got spoiled on 2 of my favorite series on Instagram. INSTAGRAM, I ASK YOU. They’d put up a spoiler-picture-set, and in the caption put “spoiler”. But by the time I’ve scrolled to the caption, I’ve already seen the picture obviously!

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    • A spoiler in the picture-set?!! OMG, that’s so rude! Why would someone even do that in the first place? The first thing you see on instagram is the picture, it would already be too late if you put spoiler in the caption -__-. I’m so sorry that you were spoiled for your favorite series, but the sad truth is that I don’t think we will ever be able to avoid spoilers. I’m just hoping that the spoiler situation doesn’t get any worse because than it already is because I may just avoid all social media when one of my most anticipated books release.

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    • It really has gotten out of hand and I feel like it all started with Queen of Shadows. I swear, fandoms are ruining the fun when it comes to reading because all they do is argue online, like take it to the DMs no one wants to see that. When I saw someone take pictures of pages from ACOTAR and post that on Twitter was when I kind of lost it because I was right in the middle and I felt like I had to speed read in order to avoid the spoilers. The worst part is that these people who post the spoilers don’t even care, they just mock us -__-.

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  5. I completely agree with this !!
    SPOILERS ARE NASTY! My reviews are generally spoiler free but when I can’t resist discussing a certain point I white it out because I can’t even risk people seeing them by accident. I know how frustrating that can be.
    Great post 😊

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    • I don’t think there is anything wrong with including spoilers in a review, as long as one puts a disclaimer warning others beforehand. I can’t really blame someone if they put a warning beforehand and I still continued to read, haha. Now if we could get people to stop posting them all over social media, I would be happy 🙂

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      • Yes you’re right! As long as there’s a disclaimer at the top of the review, no one can blame you for spoilers 😁
        Oh yes! The countless times I almost spoiled myself on twitter are ridiculous, I dropped my phone more than once because of that 😂😂

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  6. Great post! I always try to keep my reviews spoiler free unless there is things I want to talk about. Than I will do both a spoiler free review and then a spoiler discussion. I feel that spoilers ruins the reading experience if you know what happens. i.e. Allegiant. I am currently reading Crookeed Kingdom and I am doing my best to keep away from spoilers.

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  7. Great post, Ari! I’ll admit, I sometimes DO post spoilery sentences on my reviews but I always hide them from plain view so only people who want to know will read it, but I’m now wondering if that turns people off more than not. I do this mostly because with some books, the spoilery bits affect my rating/review for the book and I need to discuss it. I don’t post spoilers on social media, though – you definitely need to warn people for that! Sorry to hear that your reading experience has been affected. :/

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    • Thank you, Reg! I don’t think you have anything to worry about when you post spoilers in your reviews. You always white them out and I appreciate that. I actually don’t mind the review rants that include spoilers, as long as one puts a warning beforehand, because sometimes I read the spoilers to see if the things that annoyed a blogger would annoy me too. It can be helpful sometimes because then I can avoid those books and spend my time reading a book I might actually enjoy.

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  8. I agree 100%. When I was reading Empire of Storms, I avoided Goodreads and Twitter like the plague. There were so many people posting spoilers and I did not want to be spoiled. This is happening again with Crooked Kingdom. Everyone is posting their updates on Goodreads and I am once again avoiding it like the plague. Plus, every time I see that someone is discussing Crooked Kingdom on Twitter, I scroll down REALLY FAST!

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    • I’m actually shocked at the amount of spoilers I see on Goodreads, especially since people can hide their spoilers in the first place. I know EoS was the worst for spoilers because people kept fighting about characters and ships which makes no sense whatsoever because it’s just a book. After seeing all the spoiler mess, I decided that I won’t post anything in my updates when I’m reading highly anticipated releases, not even reactions because some get all worried when people start freaking out in their updates. It’s just safer this way.

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      • I think that it was awful what people were doing. No one wants to be spoiled, especially when they have been anticipating this release all year. And exactly. There is an option on Goodreads that allows you to hide spoilers, so it really baffles me that people did not use this option.
        And that’s exactly what everyone should do. I try very hard not to put ANY spoilers in my updates, even if the book has been out for years. Because not everyone that is following me has read it. 🙂

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