Reel to Real: Spoiler alert, I hate spoilers
At long last, the school year is almost over. Everyone is studying for finals, writing papers or procrastinating and desperately hoping if they ignore all that work, it will just go away. Spoiler alert—it won’t.
Speaking of spoilers, I recently read a good article on Cracked.com about that very topic. The article, “6 Everyday Offenses That Should be Punishable By Death” by Gladstone, was partially about how the author hates when people get mad at other people talking about the ending of a movie that’s more than three years old.
I’m not the kind of person who gets particularly upset about spoilers one way or another.
I got on Wikipedia last night and read the entire plot to the “Avengers” movie because I happened to feel like knowing how it ended and wanted make sure Thor didn’t die.
But I know there are other people who get really, really angry if you spoil a movie, TV show or book for them, and I try to respect those people. For them, knowing the ending or an important detail before seeing the movie is like waking up on Christmas morning knowing what was inside each and every box. It would be no fun.
Thing is, the Internet makes life hard for these people.
I spend more time on Tumblr than any human should, and I know all the plot points and spoilers to shows and movies I’ve never even seen before. Then there’s the temptation to do what I did last night.
If you’re being kept up at night wondering if the Avengers get into a rap battle with Loki or something, it takes just a few clicks to access Wikipedia or the IMDB and find out every tiny detail of the movie plot.
Don’t forget Twitter and Facebook. And there is always that one person who makes their status or post “OMG, can you believe it was Professor Plum in the kitchen with the candlestick?” on the night the movie comes out.
That’s just unfair to those who didn’t see it the exact second it was released. At the same time, I don’t think this rule applies to movies that are based on books.
Sorry that you were shocked when someone mentions Snape killed Dumbledore.
Reading the books doesn’t mean you’re a better fan than those who have only seen the movies, but there’s no denying you have access to the information first.
If that information is available, why not just read the book and find out what happens if you really want to be surprised so badly?
You still have plenty of time to get ahead on the Hunger Games series before “Catching Fire” comes out.
Of course, this is all just my opinion. So I open it up to you, Towson.
Do spoilers bother you or could you care less? Has anyone ever spoiled a movie for you?