Welcome to Bookish Blatherings, a Bad Bird Reads feature where I ramble about bookish or bloggerish things and hopefully you will join in on the discussion.
So, I have this dirty little secret when it comes to reading books or watching movies. It’s a secret that I have hinted at before. It’s a secret I can almost guarantee no one will agree with me on. I have never met another book blogger that feels the same way as me when it comes to this topic. I use to feel bad about feeling this way but I have come to terms that this is just the kind of person I am. Ready to hear what it is?
I love spoilers! Sometimes when I’m reading a book and it gets tense or nerve-wracking, I just want to skip to the end and see what’s going to happen so I can stop stressing. Even before I start reading a book I like to see if I can find spoilers in reviews on Goodreads. I do the same thing with movies. I search the internet to see if anyone reveals what happens in the end or if someone has written a detailed plot outline. Wikipedia is great with that.
Now, I don’t do this very often. It’s only for those really intense or suspenseful books and movies. I think this stems from me not being able to handle the stress of not knowing something. I can only handle the suspense for so long before I am a ball of nerves and then I don’t enjoy myself anymore because all I do is worry instead of focus on the story. I want to relax and have fun while reading. If I know it’s going to end badly then at least I can accept it more easily as I continue reading. If I know its going to end good, then I get to read all the stressful parts knowing it’s all going to be okay in the end.
I don’t always need a full on spoiler, just knowing the ending is going to be bad, sad, good, or a cliffhanger makes me feel better. If I am super shocked by a sad ending, I can tell you right now I will be upset and not give the book as many stars. Warn a girl, please.
I totally understand this is not normal. You’re thinking: but doesn’t this ruin the book/movie for you? Nope, I enjoy the book/movie just as much. Sometimes I even enjoy them more. For example, I would not watch The Purge movies until I knew what happened at the end. That shit is too stressful for me. I had a perfect example of a book and I totally can’t think of the title right now. Everyone recommended it to me but it was about sexual assault and a girl setting herself up to be sexual assaulted so she can bring down the bad guys who hurt her friend the same way. I just had to know if she went through with it in the end before I continued reading the story. Once I knew, I felt like I could handle whatever was to come.
FYI, I only look up spoilers for like 5% of the books I read or movies I watch. I am not that obsessed with spoilers, just for those few intense books and movies that will stress me out too much. I just wanna have fun, people!
Personally, I am not one to share spoilers very often when it comes to my reviews, and if I do I warn everyone and they aren’t huge spoilers. I do, however, say if the ending made me happy, sad, mad, or if there is a cliffhanger. I feel like that’s okay in the reviewing world. Even though I am not a spoiler kind of reviewer, I obviously love when a few bloggers write detailed reviewers with spoilers. I know that’s not very popular because most people want to be surprised by what their reading, but for me I just wanted to say I am cool with you girls. You have helped me stay sane with those few books that would have overwhelmed me.
What do you think of spoilers?