Spoiler Reviews Just Suck

I have a mini-vent to get out there to the reviewing world. Before I start, first you must understand that I love each and every reviewer that has taken the time to leave a comment on one of my books…even the less favorable ones. It means you read the book and have a passionate opinion on it. I know there will be good and bad reviews. That is how the industry works and in the Indie world, we (authors) rely on reviews quite a bit to get our names out there. In a sense, we wouldn’t do well WITHOUT a balance of favorable and unfavorable reviews.

So you have seen me posting about leaving honest, spoiler-free reviews. What does that mean, exactly? It means if you are going to leave a review for one of my books, I want it to be an honest depiction of your feelings on the book and what you deem it worth rating. It also means that I appreciate the kinds of reviews that do not flesh out the plot twists or surprise moments so that any potential reader won’t have the book ruined for them if they choose to pick it up. This doesn’t bother just me when it happens to one of my books, but it bothers every author I’ve ever talked to about it. And we can’t do much about it. We can’t protect our potential readers from seeing those kinds of reviews.

To many, this may not seem like a big deal, but let me ask the fellow readers this question – if you were standing in a book store holding a book, reading the back cover, and a person next to you said, ‘Oh, wow, that’s a great book. The main character goes to jail after killing her husband, but then you find out at the very end it was her neighbor Mrs. Jones who did it because she was having an affair with the husband! It was so good, you should really read it!’ Be honest, would you then spend your money on the book and buy it, if you already know how it will play out? No, you wouldn’t. Spoiler ridden reviews on Amazon, Goodreads, etc…are there for every potential reader to view. The least a reviewer who chooses to ruin it for others can do is include this in their title, “THIS REVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERS” so those who don’t want to know what happens won’t read it. No doubt, that review wouldn’t be read often.

It’s a sad fact that there are people out there who actually gain a bit of pleasure by divulging the juicy parts of a movie or book to their friends. I’m not posting this for those people, I’m posting it for the ones who truly think they are leaving a detailed review that will be helpful and don’t realize that plot spoilers might ruin the book for others. Maybe this shouldn’t bother me, maybe I’m too sensitive on the subject? Well, it bothers me because selling my books is how I make my living. Every sale lost from a spoiler review DOES impact my sales – that’s one less person that may not come back to read a TMDBook.

If you enjoy my books, you know I love you. I write them for you all to enjoy, and I just ask that you think about what goes into a review before you post it publicly. Let your friends, family or someone across the world enjoy the book just as much as you did – without the spoilers. Being lost in a Fiction world is so much more fun when you have no idea what’s coming around the corner. ❤

6 thoughts on “Spoiler Reviews Just Suck

  1. Carolyn Wolfe says:

    I so agree with you and think it is both courtesy and common sense for a review not to include spoilers. Thank you for this share and I think all readers and authors would agree with you completely!

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  2. Suzie says:

    I completely agree with you about reviews with spoilers being frustrating. It doesn’t bother me as much if they put a spoiler alert, but many people don’t even do that. There have been a couple of books I didn’t buy because I ended up seeing a review that ruined the book for me. On the other hand, there are times when I actually look for reviews with spoilers. This usually happens with series where I’m worried about the romance and where it is going. If I hate one of the potential love interests, I might look ahead to see if the heroine ends up with the guy I don’t like. It saves me time.

    Some might argue the author could redeem him, but in most cases I’ve found they don’t if I hate him bad enough to check reviews. There was another case where the series had gone three books with zero romance and I was getting impatient. I read reviews all the way through to the next three books only to find other readers complaining there still wasn’t any progress on the romance. That was enough to make me stop reading because the plots were getting too predictable for that to keep me entertained.

    On the other hand, if someone had said a romance did develop (particularly with the guy I wanted it to). I would have snapped the next books up in a heartbeat. So, sometimes spoilers are a good thing, but there should be disclaimers for those readers who don’t want to know.

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