I spend a lot of time in the nerdosphere. One thing you see a lot is people complaining about spoilers. The complaints are so common that the din has become background noise to discussions on forums, blogs, and chats. People don’t just complain about spoilers of things that shouldn’t be spoiled; like a new movie, book, or video game. It’s not uncommon so see people complain about being spoiled on old books (I’ve seen people complain about discussions of the Lord of the Rings books that were too liberal in revealing plot details, and those were first published over 60 years ago) and movies, video game instruction manuals, and even the very beginning of storylines (I saw complaints about someone describing how the pilot of The Walking Dead TV series started.) It’s gotten to the point where people are so terrified of having any information divulged that they’d rather hobble any meaningful discussion than simply exercise a little caution on their own part or simply accept the risk that some things may be spoiled.
Well, it turns out they’re also just over-sensitive and in denial. It turns out, people actually enjoy a story more after being spoiled on some key details. Besides, if you know the ending ahead of time, at least you won’t have to worry about dying before getting there.
I don’t want to spoil the study too much, so I advise reading the article linked below.
- Spoiler Alert: Stories Are Not Spoiled by Spoilers @ Science Daily
- When Harry Met Sally: Memorable Quotes @ IMDB