In the last few months, I’ve made the mistake of reading reviews for books I’ve purchased. (Did you think I was talking about MY reviews? *ggg Other than checking out the first review on a new book, I don’t tend to read my reviews. It’s hard enough to write without factoring those into the picture.) Anyway, back to my original topic. I have checked out reviews for the last few books that I’ve bought only to encounter either spoilers or hot button subjects (ie a rape occurs, a hero is killed, a romance that is set up in book one falls apart in later books with no intention of progressing, etc.) that basically ruined my reading experience before I even opened the book. You would’ve thought after the first time it happened that I would’ve learned not to look, but apparently not.
I think these spoiler/hot buttons would’ve been less traumatic had I just read them and been shocked firsthand. The sad thing is that because of these topics/spoilers I’ve avoided the books. I’m dreading reading about these things, even though they are from some of my favorite authors/series. I don’t know how to get past the mental block that tells me these horrific things are coming. With one of the series, I’m going to just charge through the book because it’s truly one of my favorite authors. With the other, I may be done with the series. Even if the author turns it around in later books, I’m not sure I can ‘trust’ them any longer. (Weird, I know.) Unfortunately, in the third circumstance, I won’t be reading past the first book in the series, even though I think the writing is good and I’m enjoying the story. The direction the series takes is not one I care to go in.
Yes, I realize I’m talking about works of ‘fiction’, but I guess for me to fully immerse myself into the books I have to go into them ‘blind’. Bad things can and should happen in books, but they have to be written in a way that will allow me (as the reader) to get past them. If I can’t do that, then I have to move onto a different series/author. The only genre that gets a pass from me is Horror. With Horror, all bets are off the table.