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No Spoilers!

kawaiidaigakusei at 12:00AM, Jan. 7, 2019

While talking about the Golden Globes last night, my best friend tells me to stop spoiling the end results. ‘Okay, I will stay in the crisper’, I responded. I should have known! A majority of people do not like endings of books or winners of award shows revealed before it is time.

Some of us have heard about the recent story about the two men in Antartica where one man kept ruining the ending of the books his friend was reading before he finished them. It ended with the upset reader stabbing his companion. After hearing the story, many critics and late night hosts sided with the man who had all his book endings spoiled!

Spoilers take away the element of surprise, unveil any twists and turns and expose any red herrings in the story. The person spoiling might be doing it out of contempt or to see a reaction from someone (ie. The drive-by spoiler that ruined the ending of a Harry Potter book by letting all the children in line know how the books ends during the Half Blood Prince’s release night.

I love spoilers for unpopular shows because it sets my expectation bar really low and I am often pleasantly surprised when I discover the movie was not absolute hog wash like a reviewer might have said. However, I am not fond of spoilers or reviews that elevate a film’s status because I sorely dislike being disappointed.

Without any spoilers, and as an aside, I am completely thrilled about the winner of the best picture and best actor of the 2019 Golden Globes because it was also my favorite movie of last year!

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irrevenant at 4:13PM, Jan. 10, 2019

Interestingly some studies have shown that spoilers don't impede people's enjoyment of a story. They aren't surprised by the twists, but conversely they have a more informed appreciation of the path leading up to the twists. Which makes sense: If knowing what happened spoiled a story we'd never rewatch anything we'd already seen. That said, it's obviously polite to respect each individual's personal preference on this...

JaymonRising at 10:30AM, Jan. 7, 2019

@Banes the RenandStimpy/EdEddnEddy/Wayside one ends with a hybrid of Mrhorse/Eddy'sbrother/Sven/Plank killing a hybrid of Eddy/Ren, but not before Eddy/Ren kills Maurecia and Ms. Jewls, to A hybrid of Todd/DoubleD's horror. In a perfect world, where this and the other fic would see the light of day, the Mrhorse/EB/Sven/Plank hybrid would turn into a winged George Liquor dressed as Freddy Mercury: The Ultimate Champion.

Banes at 8:48AM, Jan. 7, 2019

I remember that study about spoilers not diminishing peoples' enjoyment. Interesting and surprising, that! I think it allows people to enjoy other aspects of the story than the surprises and twists of plot. I always feel the compulsion to flip to the last page of a novel but with effort I can stop myself.

usedbooks at 5:18AM, Jan. 7, 2019

My granddad loved Agatha Christie, but he always read the last chapter first.

bravo1102 at 4:20AM, Jan. 7, 2019

My film professor would outline the plots of movies before we screened them so the class would better understand how the filmmakers were telling the story.

usedbooks at 4:00AM, Jan. 7, 2019

My dad is a terrible spoiler and asks other people to basically tell him entire movie plots before he watches them. So he likes to have things spoiled. It's irritating. However, there was a study once that showed that enjoyment of films is not reduced by "spoilers" and can even improve. It makes some sense because I often enjoy a movie more (in a different way) upon a second viewing -- but I like having some mystery the first time.

bravo1102 at 1:13AM, Jan. 7, 2019

I spoiled so many shows for my college roommates that to spoil a story became "to steve" the ending. My name.

JaymonRising at 12:41AM, Jan. 7, 2019

Spoiling is easy when you hate your own work THAT much, watch: in the first (and least bad) version of an Ftrot/C&H fic I wrote at the start of this decade, Eileen Jacobson is killed and Susie and Calvin kiss. The second version's the same except Eileen survives Calvin's bullet and wanders off into the night. In the final (and worst) version, Jason kills himself, Eileen cries in utter regret over Calvin's arms, and SUSIE wanders into the night. Oh, and I WAS going to finish a 10 year old Wayside/EEnE/Ren and Stimpy fic to fill THAT void, but let's just say SOME eavesdropping people can apparently do better if they're clearly friends with both Seth Rogen and grammar nazis. -_-

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