Why I Hate Spoilers
AKA “But the book’s been out for ten years!”
Let me set the scene for you.
It’s a Saturday night, and I’m procrastinating on Twitter instead of doing any number of the things I’m supposed to be doing.
Sunday means Game of Thrones, and I’m eager to see what’s going to happen next in my favorite show.
Then while scrolling, I see someone tweeted this (not verbatim, but close enough) status:
“Spoiler! I love [*character’s name spoiler*]! Too bad they die in the next episode.”
My emotional range went something like this:
I was enraged.
First of all, George RR Martin, how dare you kill [Spoiler!]?!
But more importantly, how dare someone spoil that for me in the first place? Was it so important to them to post this spoilery tweet and ruin it for someone?! Granted, they did do a spoiler warning at the beginning of their tweet — but it’s TWITTER. You have 140 CHARACTERS. How can I NOT see the spoiler? It’s RIGHT THERE.
I tweeted a response to the person, saying that I was annoyed they felt the need to post this. The person tweeted back something along the lines of, “sorry, but the book’s been out for ten years!”
That still doesn’t give anyone the right to ruin a book / movie / show / story for anyone else. Maybe someone is behind the curve. Maybe they have a busy schedule and haven’t gotten around to reading / watching the book / show yet. Maybe they just learned about it and are eager to start. IT DOESN’T MATTER. WHY RUIN IT FOR THEM?
THE NEXT PARAGRAPH CONTAINS A HARRY POTTER SPOILER. FYI.
Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince came out in 2005. That’s almost 10 years ago (I know, right?). Yet if I see someone reading it now, in 2014, does the fact that it’s been around for almost a decade give me the right to run up and shout “HEY! SNAPE KILLS DUMBLEDORE!”
Ummmm….. NO. That would be a total a-hole move. Because why ruin the magic for someone who is discovering it for the first time?
That’s my rant. And I’m sticking to it.