Question: Should Reviewers Post Spoiler Warnings For Past Books’ Events?
This week’s question: Should reviewers post spoiler warnings for past books’ events?
My answer: This is a tough one for me. I’ve had authors ask me to put a disclaimer on a review saying that it contains information about preceding novels, because they’ve had bad reactions before. And I’m happy to do it because I understand not wanting to be spoiled. But at the same time, I think contextualizing the book you’re discussing is really important and part of that may involve mentioning events in earlier novels. I don’t always put up a disclaimer, though, especially if the book has been out for over a year, because I do think it kind of goes without saying. But if the books have been released in rapid succession, say one a month for three months like they did with the first three novels in Kevin Hearne’s Iron Druid Chronicles, I’m more inclined to add a little warning. Overall, however, I agree with Julie. It’s not a reviewer’s obligation to add something like that; “spoilers” for previous novels should be expected. But I can understand not wanting a story spoiled. My suggestion for folks who aren’t caught up on a series is simple: don’t read reviews for books if you’re behind, unless you don’t mind a hint of what’s to come. 🙂