Spoilers... What are they to you?
So I've been thinking about spoilers lately. And really just trying to decide what a spoiler actually is. I mean I KNOW what it is, but I also feel like it's different for everybody and different for every book. The problem is that I DON'T want to spoil a book for anyone. I really don't. But at the same time, when I blog about a book, I WANT to talk about all the things!! I want to tell you about that crazy ending and why I loved or hated it. I want to tell you all about why certain characters pissed me off, or why that one big twist didn't work for me. And most of the time I can't!! And Twitter is even going #spoilerfree now, so I can't talk about stuff on there either! It gets sort of frustrating because I started blogging because I really want to talk to other people about books.
Some people think if you say anything about the plot that is not written in the synopsis, you are spoiling. Is that true?? Sometimes I feel yes, and sometimes no. Depends on the book. Take We Were Liars for example. I found it really hard to review that book. It's like you can't say anything about what the book is about, so how do you review it?? All I could say was it was about a girl in a rich family summering on her family's private island w/ her cousins... and then something happens. And the ending f-ed with my head. But see.... KNOWING that there's a twist ending, doesn't that spoil the book?? When other people read the book now are they going to be looking for that twist and hence less surprised when it happens?? (Like my use of hence there, don't ya????).
So back to my question. What is a spoiler? And how can we book talk without them?? I know part of my solution has been to keep a plot journal where I write down the plots for books I read. I do this because my memory sucks sometimes and I read so many books they blur around in my head. I also do this so I can write notes to myself like: WHY did so-and-so have to DIE!!!!!!! But it's still just me talking to myself. Bookclub has been another good outlet because we all read the same book and then we can vent about them or fangirl.
One thing I've thought about doing is regular spoiler-free reviews- and then if there's something I'm dying to talk about I could do a separate CLEARLY labeled SPOILER discussion type post about why I'm heartbroken about a character's death... or why that crazy-ass ending messed with my head. Is this okay?? Or is this like a blogger-etiquette no-no?
So you tell me... what is a spoiler to you? Do you like knowing as little as possible? Or do you mostly read reviews of books you've already read so you can talk about the things? And how can we book talk without spoiling books? And is my idea for a clearly labeled spoiler post a bad idea?