Rules for Spoilers

Spoiler (n.)

  1. Information about the plot of a movie, TV show, book, video game, or any other form of media that ruins the viewer/reader/gamer’s enjoyment of the media in question.
  2. The kind of person you don’t want to be.

Chances are, we’ve all been spoiled at some point in our lives – and no, it’s not the kind of spoiled that happens when your grandparents give you all the chocolate chip cookies you want. Perhaps someone once told you about how Harry Potter ends, or you know what happens in that particular episode of Sherlock, or maybe you know Sheik’s true identity despite having never played Ocarina of Time. Sometimes, spoilers are okay – you probably don’t care about how Harry Potter ends if you don’t plan on ever reading or watching it – but other times, they ruin things we would’ve otherwise enjoyed.

But that begs the question, what makes a spoiler spoil-y? When is it okay to discuss potential spoilers in public? How do I avoid them?

There isn’t a one-size-fits all formula for every single creative media ever made, but I have put together a few of my personal guidelines to give everyone a safe and spoiler-free existence (hopefully).

Because I need examples, there will be a few common spoilers mentioned below, but I’ll be blocking them out in white text and brackets [like this], so if you want to see them, highlight it with your cursor.

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Top 5 Heroes

Last Friday, I discussed my favorite book heroines and why I love them so much. Now it’s time to give the guys a turn!

Similar to last week’s list, these characters are a varied bunch. However, they do share one defining quality in that they’re not flat characters. In all of the books mentioned, the authors have taken the time to create three-dimensional, unique characters that aren’t simple cliches.

(By the way, if you want to read more rants about character cliches, head on over to Between Reality and check out my guest post there!)

I don’t have as long of an introduction as I did last week, so I’ll let the characters do the rest of the talking. Here are my Top 5 Heroes (in no particular order)!

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What I Love About YA

I’ll be the first to admit that I criticize young adult books more often than I praise them. This is partly because I have a tendency to be cynical, and partly because the YA genre as a whole is extremely saturated with poorly-written books.

That being said, I don’t actually hate young adult books. I know it comes as a shock. But in reality, I actually really love reading YA, and that’s what occupies most of space on my bookshelves. I like to say that I criticize it out of love for the genre, because it has so much potential, and yet so many books fail to reach it.

There are some diamonds in the rough when it comes to YA – it just takes some time to find them. Anyway, to balance out my sarcasm and criticism from last week’s post, I’ve decided to list a couple of things that I like about young adult books. To be honest, this probably doesn’t apply to the genre as a whole, but in the YA books that I’ve really enjoyed, this is what has stuck out to me. So without further ado, here’s the list!

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Top Ten Music Videos (Part 2)

Last week on my blog, I wrote about some of my favorite music videos. In case you missed it, here’s a quick recap of the first half of the list:

“Darkest Part” – RED
“Touch This Light” – House of Heroes
“Love In Your Arms” – Eleventyseven
“I Can’t Stand To Fall” – Philmont
“New Horizons” – Flyleaf

This week, I’m continuing my list with five more of my favorite music videos. So without further ado, click below to read the list!

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Top Ten Music Videos (Part 1)

It’s amazing how art works together. Movies have soundtracks to create the mood of a scene, and books have illustrations to show the reader what’s happening. In the same way, musicians often create videos to go with their songs.

I often see music videos in one of two categories: Narrative videos that tell a story, and performance videos that depict the band or artist performing the song. Of course, there is some overlap between categories, but generally, most videos lean more towards on or the other. Each style offers its own advantages and disadvantages, but both types give the artist plenty of room to be creative.

Narrative music videos are unique, because unlike movies or TV shows, they usually don’t contain dialogue. Instead, they tell stories with just music and actions. In place of storytelling, performance videos allow the artist to create interesting visual effects with lighting, background, and so on. They can be just as creative as narrative videos.

I’ve compiled a list of my ten favorite music videos from all sorts of genres in all sorts of styles. I’ll be posting it in two parts – one this week, and one next week. I’ll also provide links to watch each video, as well as list the artist, album, and genre of the song. So, let’s get started!

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The Writer’s Toolbox

Writing is hard. Even though I love writing fiction, I still struggle with it from time to time. Once I get started, that doesn’t mean it’s all smooth sailing from there either. I know that in the end, it will all be worth it, but it’s still a rough journey to get there.

Luckily, there are a lot of helpful tools to help writers in every stage of writing, whether it’s gathering ideas, writing the first draft, or editing. Of course, it would be nearly impossible to list every single one of them, but there are a few tools that I’ve found extremely useful for my writing. This week, I want to share some of the things that are in my “Writer’s Toolbox.”

Click below to read more!

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