Spoilers Beware!

Posted April 21, 2012 by Jen in Reviews Tags:

I normally like to run a spoiler-free blog here at THAT’S WHAT I’M TALKING ABOUT. We try to tell you what we think about a book without giving away key plot points.

Recently I read a book that I enjoyed, but something happened near the end that bothered me. I want to talk about it, but it would be giving away MAJOR spoilers if I did.

I saw over at SMEXYBOOKS a cool little plug in that allowed Mandi to write about key plot points that each reader could choose to read or not read. I loved it! After digging around on google I found something similar. I wanted to try it out and see if it works. Can you please let me know what you think?

If you were reading a review on my site and I wanted to have a spoiler text I would do like so…

This is where I hide text that would be considered spoilers. So you *SHOULD* only see it if you WANT to see it and can skip it otherwise. Did it work for you? Did you see this text without hitting the spoiler button? Or was it visible all the time?

So did it work for you? I need feedback before I use it live! I would love your feedback. ALSO What do you think about spoilers in reviews? Do you read them? Do you like them? Do you avoid reviews with spoilers?

I found this code for a spoiler button HERE.

ETA: So we discovered that this does NOT work with RSS feeds – if I put a big warning at the top of the post *BEWARE* if you are reading from an RSS feed you will see spoilers – would that be sufficient? Or would you get upset if you were reading from a feed reader?

Also – what about those who subscribe via email… what do you see?

12 responses to “Spoilers Beware!

  1. Hi Jen, it worked perfectly! I used Mozilla Firefox on my computer and Safari on the iPad and on both it worked. 🙂
    I like this feature and want to use it as well. Thanks for sharing the link for the code with us! xoxo

  2. Janna: Thanks! I get it to work with Safari on my Mac. I hope it works for everyone (Internet Explorer will be the big one). Yea!!

  3. Worked for me; had to hit the button to read the rest of the text.

    I’m not a fan of spoilers, most of the time. If I’m iffy about a book or about continuing a series, though, I may read spoilers to help me make up my mind.

  4. I read blog posts on my iPhone with an RSS Reader, and sadly, the spoiler text was there (with the word Spoilers – not a button – directly after.) When I clicked over here, I saw the button & it worked perfectly. So I would suggest checking out how feeds post. (I took a screenshot.)
    Sorry to be the bearer of bad news!

  5. Rissatoo: I saw that – when I looked at my post in Google Reader there was no button – only text. I wonder if I put at the top of the post a big warning – if you are reading this on an RSS feed reader you will have spoilers. Would that work? Or would you tend to not read the warning and get mad about the spoiler?

  6. I love spoiler chats about books I’ve read but hate them when I’ve not read a book yet so I think this spoiler button is a fantastic idea. The button works perfectly for me using google crome.

    For RSS readers I’d suggest a warning at the top of the post but perhaps you could start the spoiler paragraph by saying “Spoiler Starts here” and end it with “Spoiler Finished”. That way if you’re reading via a RSS feed you can skip that paragraph but read the rest of the review, otherwise you’d have to skip the whole review because you wouldn’t know which parts were spoilers. Just an idea :o)

  7. I like it. The spoiler button worked for me but then again, I read this post on a laptop. My e-mail from you didn’t have this post, only the one w/ the review, so I can’t tell you if that worked in e-mail or not. Otherwise, what you could do is use the button, and put the text in white or an “invisible” color so that if you click on the button and the text becomes “visible” you have to still highlight to see. That would keep others who want to remain “spoiler free” from accidently reading it if the button doesn’t work. Otherwise, I’m fine w/ spoilers especially if it’s accompanied by a thoughtful review/disccusion.

    Hope this helps!

  8. It did work for me. I didn’t see the text until I clicked on the button. I use Google Chrome and email first. The spoiler button was in my email also.

  9. Hmmm… my comment from yesterday got eaten. It worked for me too, but I’m on a computer. Didn’t get the e-mail post for this, just for the previous review so I don’t know if it works through e-mail. I’d say that the spoiler warnings are great for those who the button might not work for, and to take it a step further, maybe put the text in white so that people will have to highlight to read it. That would definitely keep someone from “accidently” reading the spoiler. I don’t mind spoilers. I choose to read them or not, and I like to reviewer thoughts on all aspect of a book, so it doesn’t bother me 🙂