Hello friends! Today’s post, while it wasn’t written with negative intentions, I’m quite scared to put out, as it contains the stuff I dislike in other bloggers’ reviews. I’ve seen post like this around and wholly enjoyed them, even found them helpful/informative, so I’m hoping this will have that effect as opposed to hurting anyone’s feelings. Bloggers work so hard, I’m in awe of each and every one of you, no matter if you do any of the things mentioned in this post. Heck, I used to do some of these! And if you like them, that’s 1000% valid and I’d like to hear why.
(1) reading a blog makes my eyes fall out
I’m pretty sure this is a common one, but if the text is hard to read I get so annoyed I’ll probably hit exit as soon as the page loads. I use my phone and laptop a lot, so my eyes are tired as it is, I don’t need to read light blue on white, or red on black writing. That said, I’m fine with small font – probably because I can always enlarge the screen, so that’s easy to work around. But hard to read colors are a huge no.
(2) unmarked spoilers
I don’t even have to explain this one – it’s just a shitty thing to do, not only on y’all’s blogs, but on social media as well. I know you are excited, but ruining others’ reading experience because you didn’t bother to mark spoilers is not cool. At all.
I probably won’t be popular for saying this, but I thought some advanced reviewers overshared the plot of The Wicked King. I know y’all are excited and want to talk about it and share your thoughts, but a lot of us would like to go in not knowing much besides the blurb. People were talking about the main ship as well as about hating (or thinking they should hate) certain characters by the end of the novel. That tells us way too much about what will happen to these characters, and is so unfair to the rest of us to share these details before the publication.
(3) the review is basically a description of the plot and doesn’t contain the bloggers’ opinion
Oh boy, this should have been at the top of my list, because it makes me quite-quite frustrated. I appreciate that a lot of bloggers choose to recap the blurb at the top of their reviews – that is super useful, because I can read a review without reading the blurb of the book first, and if I already know what it is about I can just skip over this part. What is a problem for me, though, is when the review contains nothing of the bloggers’ own thoughts, it is simply a spoiler-free recap of the plot.
(4) not mentioning, or worse treating a character’s sexuality as a spoiler
I’ve seen people hype up lgbtq+ books without ever mentioning that they are, in fact, lgbtq+ which poses a problem for readers who are looking for books that represent them. A good example is The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo – I barely saw anyone mention that Evelyn is bisexual, excepting the people I follow on twitter. That’s… wrong. You don’t have to tell who the love of Evelyn’s life is, because that may be considered a spoiler in the beginning of the book, but the fact that she was a bi-icon? Please, don’t leave that unmentioned.
How do you feel about these issues? Do any of them annoy you, or do you don’t mind/like them? What pet peeves do you have in others’ blogs or reviews?