It’s been awhile since I have had a bookish related discussion! Today, I wanted to talk about FULL DISCLOSURES on books, and why they irritated that crap out of me. This is actually the second time that I am discussing this – but I feel that I need to address it again because I am seeing it more frequently.
Now, before I get into my full thoughts – I want to state that I don’t mean FTC Disclosures and/or content warnings. Those, in my opinion, are obviously necessary.
Have you been browsing books on Goodreads and you see something like this?
[book title] is a full-length standalone romance with a HEA
Or how about this —
[book title] is (number) in series and ends on a cliffhanger
I know there are those that love HEA’s, and they want to know if the book they are interested in, will end the way they want it to. I understand this – to a point. I am going to take a stab in the dark and say that at least 80% of romance novels end on a HEA. So why in the world, would that need to be disclosed? You can take any number of authors and/or publishers and just KNOW how their books are going to end!
Ultimately, this my friends, is what I call a spoiler. Because, THANKS FOR TELLING ME HOW THE BOOKS ENDS!
You are telling me up front that, regardless of what the characters go through they will overcome it ALL, so don’t worry. NO. You know what? This creates disconnect for me, because ALL THE THINGS that are supposed to create angst or tension or drama or whatever, don’t emotionally impact me what so ever. You know why? Because I already know going in HOW IT FREAKING ENDS. More often than not, I will skip the book.
Now, let’s move on to the Standalone vs Series debate. This disclosure doesn’t bother me too much, because when authors are releasing books within the same world and/or characters, readers might not want to jump in at book #3 or #10 without catching up on the previous books and WHO HAS TIME FOR THAT. However. I think the term STANDALONE is debatable in its meaning, because I have read a few that claim they are standalone’s and they are clearly NOT.
To me, if the book can, I don’t know, STAND ON IT’S OWN, it’s a standalone. If there are inside jokes I will miss, character development that doesn’t make sense or major relationship developments that we should previously know about, it cannot stand on it’s own. But that’s a discussion for another day.
My question is, if your books are standalone’s, why have the [series name] #2 #3 etc? Because of the world? The theme? I don’t get it. Don’t call it the “fifth book in the series” if it’s NOT.A.SERIES.
The cliffhanger one? To me, this is a way an author/publisher prepares the reader but again, spoiler. I don’t need to be “prepared” for a major cliff hanger. As I said before — THANKS FOR TELLING ME HOW THE BOOKS ENDS.
BUT BUT BUT. What about reviews that say, “OH CLIFFHANGER ENDING, I CANNOT TALK ABOUT IT.” Spoiler, yet, it’s not FULLY disclosed. BUT again, I am getting off topic.
Back to the point. I don’t like full disclosures. I don’t like knowing how the book will end, be it HEA, cliffhanger or other.
I want to state again, that this is not for REVIEWS but disclosures found on the book synopsis, usually found on GOODREADS.
I Turn the Spotlight On You
- What do you consider to be a FULL DISCLOSURE?
- What are your thoughts on them? Do you consider them spoilers?
- Have they ever ruined a book for you? OR, have you not picked up a book because of said disclosure?
Share your thoughts in the comments!
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