Also headcanons. Stop. You don’t realize your headcanon exists of 50% fact as well as 50% fiction so they’re still spoilers. I’ve seen it with The Hobbit. The headcanons usually consist of something about the end of the book, but tweaked so it’s different or connects other parts of the book or LOTR.
Do you know how I feel when I run across spoilers? I feel pretty frustrated, to put it nicely. I have spent countless hours reading a series I was bound and determined to hate and when I come around to liking it—despite my reservations about being one of “those people”—someone posts the ending or a piece of information that I’m clearly not supposed to know yet. Even divulging a small turn of events is still a spoiler. I write, so I know how critical those are to keep secret. It changes the mindset of the reader when they go into a story knowing something the author didn’t want them to know. Writing is incredibly hard and it’s an insult to the writer to spill secrets about their work.
The worst part is when I go into avoidance mode upon spotting a potential spoiler because now I have misconceptions and expectations, and sometimes I think something is a spoiler when it’s not.
Seriously. It is the single most irritating thing about the internet. I should not be expected to read a series consecutively just so I can get the info in my brain as fast as possible. I have not nor do I plan to read Divergent but I’m already preparing myself for all the spoilers that will inevitably fall in my lap.
I know there is such a thing as tumblr savior. There’s also a little thing called self-control and consideration, and a tumblr spoiler tag.
I realize people make mistakes, but please be aware of other people whose journey in the book has now been ruined or changed from what it should be.