This is a topic I’ve been thinking about for a long time. When I write my reviews, they are always spoiler free. Even if it is a sequel in a series, I will usually write my reviews so you won’t get spoiled for the previous books. If it’s a sequel, I won’t even include a synopsis in my review posts because that’s already a spoiler to those who haven’t read the first book.
I have noticed that when I review a book, especially if it’s a sequel in a series, I get more views (and thus more people reading my post) when I mention spoiler-free in the title. Yet I feel kind of silly doing so, because I always take care to be spoiler-free. So it feels redundant to mention it every time. It seems like a much better system if I just use the words “spoiler review” or “spoiler discussion” when I actually do include spoilers, so only people who have read the book would read it.
When reviewing a sequel in a series, I often avoid saying anything about the plot, because that is an actual spoiler for the first book. I just describe the pacing, the characters (and their possible development), the vibe this book gave me, how much I enjoyed it, whether I’d recommend the series and so on. Yet I know that not every blogger chooses to do so (which is their right obviously). So to me, it is obvious that my review is spoiler free. But to readers, it may not be…
My point is, I feel silly adding the term “spoiler-free” to every review title. I would never write a normal review with spoilers, because spoilers are the spawn of Satan. Yet it seems that more people will read my review if I do add it… Shouldn’t every review be spoiler free unless explicitly mentioned?
What do you think? Should I always add spoiler free to my reviews, even though they are ALWAYS spoiler free? Have you noticed the same trend in your reviews?
P.S. I have never written the word “spoiler” so often in 30 minutes.