My love of spoilers is a constant source of consternation for my friends. I have a tendency to look up the synopsis of movies before I go to the cinemas and I would flick to the back of a comic book to scan the last few pages before I start reading it from the beginning. I refrain from verbalising any spoilers but my peers find it inconceivable that I would want to ruin endings for myself. Am I the only one who can’t help themselves when it comes to spoilers?
Image: An accurate depiction of what happens when you dish out spoilers on the new Star Wars movie.
The effort to stop the spread of spoilers for Star Wars: The Force Awakens has reached a point where even mentioning that you liked the movie on Twitter could land you in hot water. It is apparently sacrilege to discuss the movie in public lest you want a rain of hate fire to descent upon you. I personally can’t relate to all the people who are freaking out about a spoiler ruining an entire movie. For me, what matters most is the quality of the movie: the cinematography, the acting, the story-telling, and so on.
If learning about the crucial bits of the story can ruin the entire thing for you, then maybe it wasn’t a good movie in the first place. I know this line of thought is uncommon and unpopular, but if a movie is well-made and can transport me to another world then I can’t give two shits if I knew that *insert major Star Wars spoiler here* beforehand. In fact, I welcome it. Knowing the major plot points lets me concentrate on taking in the rest of the film rather than obsess about one part of the story.
Of course, I will continue to be considerate and avoid discussing the movie in public (I value my life) but I still think people should just chill out a bit on the whole “Oh my god you ruined the movie for me and now you must die!” attitude.
Does anybody else share my love of spoilers? Let me know in the comments.