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I have to give a shout out to meena @ Tattooed Pages for inspiring me to write this post after I read her post on What’s a Spoiler? earlier this year. It really got me thinking and made me ask the question:
Is saying a book is “predictable” a spoiler?
I know I’ve been guilty of saying a book is predictable in my reviews in the past. It’s been the reason I’ve down-rated quite a few books in the past as well.
So let’s play out both sides of the argument.
Why I think it is a spoiler:
If I read a review of a book and note that the reviewer says it is predictable, that may or may not stay in my mind while I read. I like to think I’m pretty sharp and can figure out what is going to happen early on. So, once that starts to happen and I remember that the book is “predictable”, the momentum of suspense is going to die down a bit because I probably have figured out what is going to happen. There goes the fun in trying to find out how everything is going to work out in the end.
Why I think it isn’t a spoiler:
Reading is such a subjective thing and one that is influenced by your personal experiences and past reads. If this is your first time reading a dystopian novel, you are probably unfamiliar with the common tropes. Compared to someone who has read multiple dystopian novels, you might have a harder time predicting what will happen. You might not be able to see what will happen or maybe you will guess wrong. So knowing that a book is “predictable” beforehand might not influence your reading experience too much.
What about noting that there are “lots of plot twists”?
Again, this is a hard one to have a definitive answer for. If you know ahead of time, you might start anticipating plot twists when there aren’t any. Or, it may not bother you at all.
So in short: I don’t have a definitive answer!
However, I know that I am going to be more aware of saying those very things in my reviews. I strive to be “spoiler free” in my reviews but, as you can see, it’s challenging sometimes!
What’s your stance?
Is saying a book is “predictable” or has lots of “plot twists” spoilers?