I told you this would be a very irregular series! I've just thought of another bookish pet peeve -- forwards and blurbs that give away key plot elements.
I don't think that these components should include anything that doesn't happen in the first few scenes of a novel. It's very disappointing to have the carefully constructed build-up of a story ruined by one or two sentences that most likely were not even approved of by the author. The worst offender of recent time for me was a book where a major event that happens literally half-way through the book was revealed in the blurb. It was very disappointing because the reader was supposed to feel positively and sympathetic about a character until the event happened but instead their view of the character was already tainted and their view of the character was much more cynical. Now I find myself avoiding reading more than the first few sentences of a blurb and usually none of the forward unless it promises to be only biographical.
Bloggers are usually very considerate about posting spoiler warnings for even minor revelations so why are some publishers not as considerate? Have you encountered this recently? Do you mind terribly or is it something you take in stride? I know there are some of you who sneak peaks at the ending of novels so I'm guessing this might not be as much of an issue for you!
Relishing even the smallest mysteries,