Are Ships Spoilers? Discussion

Minor spoilers for character ships in ACOTAR trilogy ahead! (let’s be real you all already know our bae though โค )

I love shipping couples. I love romance. I love my OTPs, my book boyfriends. I think we pretty much all do in this bookish community ๐Ÿ™‚

I really do love to gush about these ships I have. They frequently pop up in my random posts such as Top Ten Tuesdays and tags with questions likeย favorite ship?ย I see them in posts all over the book blog community as well, and it usually brings a smile to my face to see everyone gushing about my baes โค

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With that being said, I really really hate spoilers. (still salty about being spoiled for Divergent…but then again, who wasn’t?). I think we all do. So a question I’ve been thinking about for a while is should we could talking about ships as spoilers?

Honestly, it’s often no surprise when a couple gets together. In young adult, which I and many book bloggers review, pretty much every book has a love interest for the main character, often a love interest. Love interest is usually introduced fairly early on, and may even be mentioned in the synopsis/blurb, and then all the readers spend the book in eager anticipation for when they finally get together.

 

In this case, I think it’s perfectly okay to talk about the ships and gush about them to our hearts delight! Who wouldn’t love talking about some swoony boyfriends? And reading about how amazing these guys are in reviews, etc, make me so excited to read the book and finally get to meet them.

However, in some books, it’s not apparent from early on who the protagonist is going to get together with. This is most notable in the dreaded love triangle.

One aspect of the love triangle (that I hate) is when Guy #1 starts out amazing, and then deteriorates and turns into a complete ahole by the last book so that all the readers will ship the main character with Guy #2. In these cases, often times all the readers and rooting for Guy #1 for the entirety of the first book, and then by the end of book three we all love Guy #2.

Which is why it can be really annoying to go onto Goodreads and gush about Guy #1, only to see a bunch of people who have already finished the series going on and on about their undying love for Guy #2

For example, after reading ACOTAR, Iย lovedย Tamlin. In the couple of weeks between finishing ACOTAR and starting ACOMAF, I saw countless people gushing on and on and on about their undying love for Rhysand, who I still hated at the time. After reading all of these, I pretty much knew it would be Rhys going into ACOMAF, which really bugged me because I didn’t get to find out about his amazing-ness firsthand myself.

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Since then, like all those people, I have been guilty of raving about Rhys on my blog as well. But I’ve done some thinking about it, and I’m thinking that if a ship isn’t really a ship until the second book, we should be adding spoiler warnings to the beginning of our posts. Same with reviews–I think that if you only know about a ship because you’ve read the entire series, you shouldn’t be mentioning it in your review of book one.

Do you think that mentioning ships is considered a spoiler? I’m really curious to hear what people think, because if so, I might want to go back to my older posts and add spoiler warnings!

38 thoughts on “Are Ships Spoilers? Discussion

  1. I, personally, don’t think talking about ships should be considered spoilers. When I think about spoilers, I think about people “spoiling” major events or plots within the story. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  2. As soon as I read this title I was thinking about Rhysand. It’s definitely ruining a bit of a surprise but I wouldn’t consider it an all-out spoiler. I only consider spoilers to be major plot-twists or endings. Rhysand was a surprise but if we draw a line that ships are spoilers…what isn’t really?

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  3. I am someone who actually likes spoilers despite trying my best to keep my reviews spoiler free, so I’m not sure I’m the best person to trust on this. I personally tend to not mention love interests in my reviews and just talk about the romance in general. That being said, I don’t think ships are spoilers. To use the example of Rysand and Tamlin, you can tell at the the end of ACOTAR that Rysand is going to be a love interest. Because it’s possible to see that Rysand will be a love interest, I don’t think people talking about him as a great love interest is a spoiler. For general love interests, people generally assume there is going to be a love interest in YA, so saying their name and a little bit about them shouldn’t be a spoiler, because we know the MC is going to end up with someone.

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    1. Thanks for sharing, Moira! You can tell about Rhys at the end of ACOTAR, but it happens at the end, and sometimes I read reviews before reading the book to decide if I should read it, so I feel like that might still spoil ACOTAR, but not ACOMAF. But that could just be me being salty haha. I definitely agree that people assume there’s going to be love in YA ๐Ÿ™‚

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  4. Ohh I was a victiiim of that ACOTAR spoiler, EVERYONE loved Rhysand and I just couldn’t understand, I mean I loved rhysand since the first book but that’s just weird me liking bad guys. Since I started reading I already knew Tamlin would be doing something really really bad๐Ÿ˜‚ it was the biggest spoiler out there haha. I was also spoiled for the Hunger Games because everyone was posting their team had won so ๐Ÿ˜ But I do love to talk about my ships so I guess I can’t really be sad or anything๐Ÿคท๐Ÿ˜‚

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    1. oh YES at least I wan’t alone in my being spoiled haha. When Rhys kissed Feyre in ACOTAR I was so mad I stopped reading and did something else for a few hours bc I was so mad that it seemed to be love triangle-ing xD And then I saw everyone’s review and I was like…fine… haha love talking about the ships too โค

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  5. I guess it depends on if the ship is canon or not? Since some ships such as Feyre and Rhysand happen later in the series [and Aelin and Rowan are another example] and the MC is already with someone else, I imagine most people would think you’re either shipping a non-canon romance or you know they end up together. However, since most books make it super obvious who ends up with whom just from the synopsis, I usually don’t consider ships a spoiler.

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  6. I think ships are spoilers. I just read Throne of Glass for the first time in January and of course, I had seen so many ships for Aelin and Rowan and at first I didn’t know who Aelin was or Rowan. But I knew they were probably going to end up together because I had seen people shipping them. So that was a bummer.

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  7. Ships are spoilers in my eyes. I try to avoid post about ships that include books I want to read because no one really puts spoilers for ships. I always do even for my HP ship because some people haven’t read it and I don’t want to be the person who spoils something.

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  8. I love being able to discuss ships, but I can totally see how it could be a spoiler. For me, one book that has been spoiled is the rest of the Shatter Me series. I have only read Shatter Me, so when everyone is discussing Juliet with Warner I was super confused because I hated him in the first book but everyone somehow loved him. So I guess maybe there should be some type of warning if the couple is not mentioned in the synopsis of the book. That way people can grow their own opinions and love for characters. This was a great discussion post! I never would have thought about this being a spoiler.

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    1. YES the same thing happened to me on Shatter Me! I was 110% Team Adam at the end of the book, hopped on Goodreads to write a review, and saw that something like half the reviews were gushing about Warner :/ Thanks ๐Ÿ™‚

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  9. I’ve never thought of it like that! I tend to try not to spoil things like that (even though I LOVE spoilers XD) but it kind of takes away from the angst and that feeling of really wanting them together if you already to ahead of time that they’ll get together ๐Ÿ™‚ .

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  10. Great question. I’ve wondered it too, especially when the blurb SPELLS OUT or strongly hints who gets with who. Where do you draw the line? It’s a tough one. But I tend to agree that it’s worse if the love triangle or love interest does change, like you said. You can definitely argue that’s a spoiler! but at the same time I don’t mind spoilers as much as some- I mean I don’t LIKE them but I don’t think you can keep everything under wraps? So I guess… I’m wishy- washy on this lol. But generally speaking I think to some extent it goes w/ the territory- if we’re gonna peruse Goodreads and book blogs we’re gonna occasionally come across inside info on book plots, ships, etc, so I try not to get TOO mad?

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  11. I definitely see where youโ€™re coming from…I do find ships to be spoilers, especially when Iโ€™m still on the first book and everyone has already read the third type of thing. The most prevalent case of this was with the Shatter Me series. But at the same time, I found that over the years I actually like spoilers? Which is super weird, but I guess I kinda like to know what to expect for the romantic aspect of the book, instead of majorly being spoiled for the actual plot. Plus I feel like it gives me incentive to finish the series because I want to see the relationship develop? IDK it goes both ways for me!

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    1. I was spoiled on the Shatter Me series too and it was super annoying!! Glad you agree ๐Ÿ™‚ haha I don’t like spoilers myself but I can completely understand where you’re coming from!

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  12. For me personally unless they are the obvious ships you mentioned like they’re mentioned in the synopsis or established at the beginning of the book/series or something, I don’t like to know about them before I read because I just spend the whole time wondering when its going to happen + I have been pleasantly surprised by ships I didn’t know about in the past and that was an experience I really enjoyed so whenever I can recreate it that’s great! I think because that’s how I feel about finding out about ships myself that tends to be reflected in my posts so if I mention ships I always try and give a spoiler warning if that’s in a review or a post about ships and then at least people have the option of not reading if they don’t want to know about the ships! Amazing discussion topic! ๐Ÿ™‚

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  13. I think ships are definitely spoilers! Especially in the context of ACOTAR, where the whole you-know-what-which-rhymes-with-eight situation happened. I personally hated Tamlin from the get go so idk… ๐Ÿคท
    Oh, also, I got spoiled for Divergent as well! Haven’t yet read the book, but I know of one major thing which happens in Allegiant and I am Not Pleasedโ„ข.
    Great discussion!

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    1. So happy you agree!! Hahahaha I love how you described the situation xD another great way to describe it is the setting abruptly changing to Australia!! Ugh I was spoiled for the ending of Allegiant before I even started Divergent and feel like I might have had a different reading experience if I hadn’t know about it!! Thanks ๐Ÿ™‚

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      1. Haha, you sometimes need to come up with really inventive solutions to avoid spoilers:))
        I feel! I’m planning on reading Divergent soon, we’ll see how that goes…

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