Friday, March 29, 2013

My Thoughts on Spoilers

  Before I start writing reviews, I figured it might be a good idea to talk about a big issue that can happen when talking about stories: spoilers. Now, I personally don't think spoilers are that big of a deal, and I'm going to talk about why. But before I get into that, let me just tell you that whenever I write a review I do my best to avoid spoilers, or at least warn when they occur so you can chose whether or not to read that part. I just wanted to clarify that.
  Now, how can I not be bothered by spoilers? They totally ruin a story! Here's a little secret: no, they don't. If all it takes is learning one single factor of a story to truly ruin it, then, sorry, but it wasn't that good of a story in the first place.
  Let me tell you a little anecdote involving me and a certain book you may have heard of: Harry Potter and the Halfblood Prince. So when Harry Potter books were still coming out, I was about one book behind--basically, when Halfblood Prince (the sixth one for those who might not know) came out, I was just about finishing up the fifth one. I was fine with this because in my household, my mom would order the book online and once it came in the mail, she had a rule that since she paid for it she got to read it first, and this was always said in competition with my sister, who naturally wanted to read it as soon as possible. I, not being one for confrontation nor the pressure of having to read fast, liked not even entering in this competition for who would read it first--I could wait it out since I had just finished the previous one not that long ago.
  Well, for those of you who don't know, a lot of shit goes down in Halfblood Prince (oh yeah, if you haven't read it, umm, spoiler alert--since that's kind of the point of this anecdote...but I mean seriously, if you haven't read it by now you probably don't care, am I right?). A lot of shit that people sure are going to talk about. Let me just list to you, in order, the spoilers that I heard before reading this book: that Dumbledore died, that Snape killed Dumbledore, that Draco was supposed to kill Dumbledore but couldn't so Snape did it for him, that Ron hooks up with Lavendar and Hermionie's pissed about it. These spoilers happened over the course of maybe a week or two, and in frustration I said, "Why doesn't someone just tell me who the halfblood prince is at this point?" Not realizing my sarcasm, my sister just turned to me and said, "Oh, it's Snape."
  I thought the book was ruined for me. I talked to my mom and I asked her if she thought I should even bother reading the book. She did not hesitate for a second in her answer, insisting that I should still read it, that even knowing all that I did it was still worth reading. And you know what? She was right. When it came down to it, it didn't matter that I knew who was going to die and who was going to cause it-- I still was swept away by the story; there were still moments that hadn't been ruined; there were still times where I could barely set the book down, both in parts I didn't know about and parts I did.
Just a cute little comic I found a Pinterest.
  Point being, a truly good story is still worthwhile no matter what people tell you. A friend accidentally tells you that a character dies. So? You don't know how or when, the other characters' reaction to it, or it's significance in the plot. You somehow find out that a character is secretly evil. Read previous sentence, and add that sometimes evil characters turn out to just be pretending--there's still hope. You're shocked when you hear that two characters hook up? If it's not the two people you thought for sure were going to get together, then it's probably not permanent anyway; and if it is the two people, then you called it ahead of time anyway, pride yourself for your mad predicting skills.
  So that's what I think of spoilers. I hope it makes sense and that my anecdote helps prove my point. And trust me, that's not the only instance-- sometimes I even encourage spoilers. Like if I'm guessing who's going to die on one of my favorite shows, Downton Abbey, I want to know if I'm right-- I like knowing I got mad predicting skills (true story--and my prediction was right).
  Also, quick bonus thought-- when you know something that's supposed to be a big shock, it can be fun. You get to pick up on hints and small details that lead to it that you probably wouldn't have noticed if you didn't know the big shocker. So just look at it in a positive light.
  I never let spoilers ruin a good story, but really, I do understand the significance of going into a story without knowing anything--it makes it new and exciting and you get to discover everything just as the story intended for you too. And that's why in my reviews to come I do put forth the effort of not spoiling anything, and heavily warning whenever I feel that something I say could be considered a spoiler. Sometimes I poke fun at it a bit, but really if I ever do accidentally spoil something for you, I apologize ahead of time--maybe just think back to what I said in this post.
  I already wrote my post for next week because I'm so excited to share it with you-- it's a review of a movie I just watched for the first time the other week and immediately fell in love with. So look forward to that next week and until then, enjoy life you guys. Please consider following me by email and don't forget to feed the fishes at the bottom of the page!

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