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Subject: A request for no spoilers in book reviews
Date Posted: 7/21/2011 4:19 PM ET
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I happened to read a review for a book I just picked up, and the reviewer revealed a major plot point (also known as a spoiler). I try to avoid reading reviews for this very reason. I appreciate those who take the time to write reviews, but PLEASE think very carefully before you go into detail on exactly what happens in a story.

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Date Posted: 7/21/2011 5:23 PM ET
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Or, if you are reviewing a book that happens later in the series, please try very hard not to reveal plot points from the earlier books.

I hate it when you read the plot symopsis for book #6 in a series, and the back of the book starts out with "After character name's death, ...."

Date Posted: 7/21/2011 6:21 PM ET
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But people went to see "Titanic" and they knew  how that was going to end:)

Date Posted: 7/21/2011 7:20 PM ET
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I was reading a review about what looked like a really good scifi book- the reviewer said " it wasn't revealed until halfway through the book that it takes place in an alternate universe."  Thanks for giving away the major plot twist!!!

Date Posted: 7/22/2011 1:08 AM ET
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I couldn't agree more! I don't read reviews that are more than a sentence or two anymore until after I've read the book.
Date Posted: 7/22/2011 1:59 AM ET
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Date Posted: 7/22/2011 10:24 AM ET
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Yeah, a lot of people write book reports, not reviews... Keep the plot to yourself and just let us know if you liked it or not!

Date Posted: 7/22/2011 3:48 PM ET
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I vaguely recall that reviews that reveal too much about a book can be reported to PBS. It might be worth it to send in some feedback to find out what the policy is regarding spoilers in reviews.

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Date Posted: 7/22/2011 5:57 PM ET
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If a spoiler -is- included in a review, it should be in its own section and designated as such (with such phrasing as "Warning! - Spoiler alert! - ) so that those who do not want to know will be alerted to stop reading the review.

Date Posted: 7/22/2011 8:14 PM ET
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I agree!

Date Posted: 7/22/2011 10:38 PM ET
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I tend not to read reviews for that exact reason.  I equally dislike reviews that restate the synopsis on the back of the book or the blurb from Amazon.  If I wanted to read that, I'd go to the site and read it myself. 

Date Posted: 7/23/2011 9:55 AM ET
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BookwormKath: FYI -- years ago when I first joined we were encouraged to put the synopsis in the review box -- I don't think we could edit book data, like adding the book synopsis like we can now so that is why you often see them in the reviews. If you look at the date submitted, it is often 2005, 2006 or 2007. You can also give those reviews a "thumbs down" and after it has acquired a few of those it will be removed.