Jamie's Confession Book Spoilers Are The Devil Why Aren't They Banned?

Jamie’s Confession : Book Spoilers Are The Devil, And Why Aren’t They Banned?

Posted 08/13/2022 by Jamie in Reviews / 3 Comments

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Book Spoilers have improved over time

Back in the year 2014 when I first made the decision to become a book blogger after stumbling upon the bookish community and checking out quite a few book blogs that are bookmarked to this day in my browser’s history, I had read quite a few book reviews from said book blog’s and noticed that in some of these book reviews there were hardly any friendly suggestions or advice for the author to work on this or that and what they can do to improve their craft, instead it seemed as if those awful book spoilers were the main focus of that particular book review. Needless to say, I wound up leaving that book blog and never looked back as that’s how disgusted I was with the book reviewer and what they’ve done to their book reviews which were incredibly atrocious. After leaving that said book blog, I’ve vowed to never include a single book spoiler in any of my book reviews and future book reviews for as long as I am a book reviewer and of course still breathing air.

When I first started my book review blog, I hadn’t a clue what I was doing, but I knew that I would never be caught dead including a book spoiler in them and to this day I still haven’t

Back in the year 2014 when I first made the decision to become a book blogger after stumbling upon the bookish community and checking out quite a few book blogs that are bookmarked to this day in my browser’s history, I had read quite a few book reviews from said book blog’s and noticed that in some of these book reviews there were hardly any friendly suggestions or advice for the author to work on this or that and what they can do to improve their craft, instead it seemed as if those awful book spoilers were the main focus of that particular book review. Needless to say, I wound up leaving that book blog and never looked back that’s how disgusted I was with the book reviewer and what they’ve done to their book reviews was incredibly atrocious. After leaving that said book blog, I’ve vowed to never include a single book spoiler in any of my book reviews and future book reviews for as long as I am a book reviewer and of course still breathing air.

When I first started my book review blog, I hadn’t a clue what I was doing, but I knew that I would never be caught dead including a book spoiler in them and to this day I still haven’t included any book spoilers. After awhile of wondering how can I make my book reviews more exciting and a bit longer than a paragraph that resembles amazon and goodreads micro reviews but still managing to get to the point without going to far off topic, I’ve decided to take some time off from book blogging as I was also going to MSJC community college with my boyfriend and we were going full time at that time in history (we were nuts, we both took 4-5 classes each every semester and my grades can speak for themselves.) Despite being in college, I never gave up hope with wanting to make my book reviews to have more flare and went on a mission to find other book bloggers and see what they’ve done to make their book reviews so much better. After awhile of visiting some of those book bloggers, I’ve begin to notice that they too were including an overabundance of book spoilers into their book reviews. I’ve told myself and vowed that if I were to ever come back, I would avoid adding any book spoilers into my reviews unless it can’t be avoided.

Present day, I’ve stumbled upon a book blog that discussed what are book spoilers and how to avoid using them and this book blogger’s name is Cierra from cierracynosure.com and she basically how book bloggers are still leaning towards adding book spoilers in their book reviews which nowadays happens only on occasion.

THOUGH THE BOOKISH COMMUNITY HAS BEEN A LOT BETTER ABOUT TRAVERSING THE THIN LINE BETWEEN SPOILERS AND NON-SPOILERS, IT STILL HAPPENS ON OCCASION. I'VE READ/WATCHED REVIEWS MULTIPLE TIMES IN THE PAST THAT HAVE CONTAINED HUGE PIECES OF THE BOOK'S PLOT, BUT WAS NOT MARKED AS A SPOILER.



Cierra than breaks for another paragraph and actually provides a simple definition of what a spoiler or book spoiler really is

spoilers are basically any information that gives away something crucial about the book not provided by the synopsis.

Now, what does any of this mumbo jumbo have to do with Jamie and all of her future book reviews and why she believes book spoilers are the devil and should be banned? Well, I’m glad you’ve asked (despite the fact that you really didn’t ask. lol), after getting several permissions from two other book bloggers to use any thing on their sites as a source of information as long as I credited them, I was inspired to create this newly created design with flat icons that I didn’t make but had purchased from flaticon.com. After coming back from my so-called break, I’ve decided to use one of those lovely book blogger’s book review set up but added a slight twist to their set up to make it into my own book review set up.

Despite the very few times that there may be an added book spoiler or what have you to some of my future book reviews, I went ahead and created an image that basically will be nestled underneath the book review’s title, and right before the actual book review post begins. I’ve created this in hopes that friends, family, both old and new visitors of this book blog will get a better understanding of how I operate and how much I loathe book spoilers to death and if I had it my way, I would never bother with book spoilers but sometimes it just can’t be helped and they will manage to sneak their way into a book review or two of mine and for future reference if this happens, I just wanted to apologize now for the inconvenience those

I vowed to never ever add or include a book spoiler as long as I can avoid doing so, but sometimes there are book reviews that may actually contain a book spoiler as it was simply unavoidable to not include it. When this happens, I will add directly underneath the title an image that was created by me in Adobe Photoshop 2022 with the parody lyrics of “I Fought The Spoilers, And The Spoilers Won,” which was actually inspired by that old Bobby Fuller song titled “I Fought The Law, And The Law Won.” I hope and pray to the heavenly father above that I will never have to include any book spoilers into my present and future book reviews but if I do, this would be the image that you’ll see before anything else.

I Fought The Spoilers And The Spoilers Won

Meaning of the spoilers image and the lyrics?

In case anyone was wondering how I came up with this image idea and the parody lyrics of “I Fought The Spoilers, And The Spoilers Won?” Well, I was listening to that oldie but goodie song titled something similar “I Fought The Law And The Law Won,” by Bobby Fuller. Since, I’m trying to be a bit unique as I’m still considered to be a newbie book blogger and want to hopefully gain some awesome book blogging friendships other than the ones I have gained so far, I wanted to be a creative by adding a spoilers image to every book review that may contain a book spoiler or two as it was unavoidable to not add them in the book reviews. I’ve never seen any other book blogger out there make a book spoiler warning like what I’ve made that I have seen, who knows? May be there’s like minded book bloggers out there I have yet to discover and they did the same thing but as of this time period, I’m so far the only one who thought of this book spoiler image that I know about. Anyways, if you’re curious as to what the song “I Fought The Law And The Law Won,” by Bobby Fuller sounds like, I’ve embedded a YouTube video of it at the end of this paragraph. I just hope that if you listen to it fully, you’ll gain a better appreciation for the song if you’ve never listened to it before that is.

Anyways, this is my book spoilers post explanation and I hope that you’ve learned a thing or two and please pray that I’ll never ever have to include any book spoilers in any present and/or future book reviews of this book blog. Now, that you’re up to date with my loathing of using book spoilers in book reviews, please listen to the song now!

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3 responses to “Jamie’s Confession : Book Spoilers Are The Devil, And Why Aren’t They Banned?

  1. I’ve often wondered about the reviewers who basically tell you the entire plot of the book because most readers prefer spoiler-free reviews. I mean, I understand when a reviewer is first getting started, they might include spoilers because they haven’t quite gotten the hang of reviewing just yet and don’t know how to talk about their favorite parts of a book without giving anything away.

    As for the lack of critiques for authors in reviews, honestly, most blogger reviews are written for other readers, not authors. Yes, authors do read reviews of their books of course, but I think when it comes to bloggers, the reviews are written more to tell other readers what they thought of the book and why they’d recommend it or not. Just my way of thinking. 🙂

  2. Hey you, long time no hear from! I completely agree with everything you’ve said. When I first started book blogging some time in the years 2014-2016, I hadn’t a single clue as to what I was doing and because I hate adding spoilers to my reviews or hear them from someone raving about a book, movie, or tv show, I get a bit bewildered by it which is why you’ll hardly ever see any spoilers in my book reviews. My past book reviews were one paragraph long and mocked the micro reviews from Amazon because I simply didn’t want to add to much and bore people to death. I kind of feel indifferent about the reviews being there for other book reviewers. I feel that these book reviews are there to help other book reviewers and also authors as well because authors may get some of their books sold because of these reviews. But I do agree with you on part of it.

  3. I think that the best reviewers – books, movies, basically any media – are those who show/tell enough to capture both the attention and interest of the audience. Sometimes people have a hard time deciding if they should show/tell about a certain event (also books, movies, basically any media) because we’ve become so used to sharing/seeing people online share practically every single event in their lives from getting married, buying a house, to giving birth (*cough*Kourtney Kardashian*cough*) that we feel we are obligated to know about and share in everything that happens. Sometimes people who do reviews feel that they have to tell/show everything in order to get views, comments, whatever they’re looking for.