*while i am on spring break march 17-27, a few people have been amazing enough to offer to guest post while i’m away! (special thanks to liv, jordan, and ale! you guys rock!)
Hi everyone! My name is Liv, and my personal blog is curlyhairbibliophile.wordpress.com. I have curly hair and I love to read (hence my blog name.)
I love writing, reading, and traveling. I also love grammar, tea, cats, and the internet. I’ve been reading YA books for about four years, and I’ve been blogging for a couple months. I live in the North Texas area with my family, my dog, and my cat. You can reach me on my blog (see above), my Goodreads (curlyhairbibliophile), or my twitter (Grangerliv).
(This is what I look like!)
Now that the formal introduction is over, it’s time to talk about books! More precisely: bookish spoilers. No one likes spoilers; it’s just a fact of life. I have been spoiled for the following books:
Allegiant by Veronica Roth
Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling
Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins
The Death Cure by James Dashner
Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins
*note from soph- omg i was spoiled for all of these too, except isla! i was so disappointed!
Only one of these books I spoiled myself on and that was Isla and the Happily Ever After. I was reading a Goodreads review that said click here for spoilers and I clicked. I know, I know. I’m an idiot. But, all the other ones were spoiled in some other way. I’m going to be talking about how to avoid giving and receiving spoilers. (By the way: these tips can be applied to all things. TV Shows, Movies, etc.)
What You Can Do to Avoid Spoilers
1. STAY AWAY FROM THE INTERNET
If you think something is going to spoil for a book/series you are reading, avoid it! For example: don’t search Harry Potter on any form of social media without finishing the entire series. Don’t read comments on book review videos.
2. Don’t talk about the book/series with friends who may accidentally spoil it
If you all your friends have read the series, don’t join in on a discussion just yet. It can be very easy for them to accidentally spoil something. So if your friends start having an in depth discussion on the last chapter, you put on your headphones and avoid humans.
3. Turn into a hermit until you finish the new release
Don’t even think about going on the internet if you haven’t finished a book series’s new released sequel. In fact: I didn’t eat or sleep for a solid day while I read City of Heavenly Fire. It’s best to avoid spoilers. But please eat while you binge-read the new release. Not eating is dangerous.
What You Can do to Avoid Giving Spoilers
1. Word of Mouth
For the love of all things good in this world, please don’t spoil your friend. It is not cool. It is not funny. It’s just plain annoying. Talk to your friend about what they had already read. Also, please don’t say anything like: “Oh, just wait until the plot twist at the end!” THAT IS A SPOILER.
2. Tag your spoilers
If you are writing something where you are saying a spoiler, please tag your spoilers. Say, “Spoilers for [insert book here]”. It is a simple gesture that will change someone’s reading experience. If they read the spoiler anyway, that is their fault.
3. Be aware of your surroundings
Way back in the day, I was watching a short film series on YouTube. One of the comments was literally, “[character’s name]’s death reminds me of [character of well-known series]’s death in [insert well-known series].” That is just rude. Please do not say this. Keep these comments to yourself, please.
These are just a few tips on how to avoid giving and receiving spoilers. What do you guys think? Have you ever been spoiled for a book? What book? (Please don’t say spoilers in the comments, please!). A HUGE THANK YOU to Sophia for allowing me to guest post. Thanks for reading!
*Again, major thank you to Liv for being so kind as to guest post! I LOVE this discussion, because i think spoilers are a huge (and annoying) part of reading! i, especially, need to learn to stay off the internet before i finish a book!