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      CommentAuthormister hex
    • CommentTimeJan 25th 2011
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    So today, we learned who was to die in the latest Fantastic Four. (No, I'm not going to tell you who. Besides, the mainstream media already has.)

    How do we feel about spoilers? Do they really spoil things? I think it was the original film version of THE BAD SEED that had a disclaimer at the end, asking people "not to reveal the ending of this motion picture". And, of course, THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK had a big spoiler in it (famously ruined by Homer Simpson one time).

    Me, I love spoilers, I "cheat" on Wkikpedia and look up Coronation Street developments months in advance, so I can "spoil" it for my friends & colleagues (in Canada, we're 9 or 10 months behind the UK). But that's just me. What say you, Whitechapel? Do spoilers spoil your enjoyment or enhance it?
    • CommentAuthorRenThing
    • CommentTimeJan 25th 2011
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    I think it depends. If the spoiler ruins a plot twist that is the entire basis for what I'm watching (hello there Sixth Sense and any other M. Night movie), I'd be super annoyed. The whole enjoyment of such things is seeing the big reveal.

    Other times it doesn't bother me. The fact that Snape kills Dumbledore was not a reveal I particularly cared about.
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    If a book, film or comic is genuinely ruined by revealing one crucial piece of information, and the characterization or other elements of the product don't hold it together then the product is probably flawed. I do accept that some stories are designed around plot twists, such as Murder Mysteries and M. Night movies, but I rarely find that knowing what happens absolutely ruins my enjoyment. Whilst watching Battlestar Galactica for the first time I had Wikipedia open to the relevant pages and that increased my enjoyment by adding more tension to the series.

    Spoilers and the threat of them I think are often used as a power game by certain fans to abuse and taunt other fans who haven't quite caught up with them in their obsessiveness. In the reverse situation the fear of having something spoiled is often used to stop people from discussing a book or film. There are more important things to worry about in life than believing that knowing that Darth Vader is Luke Skywalker's Dad is going to spoil your enjoyment of Empire Strikes Back.

    However, I tend to try to be polite and not blab too much about recent media.
    • CommentAuthorAllen
    • CommentTimeJan 25th 2011
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    If I really love a story, I will avoid spoilers like nobody's business, I hate having anything ruined for me. For stuff like who dies in FF, it doesn't bother me all that much, I enjoy the story, but pick it up in back issue sales, it's not a priority. If you were to tell me what happened in the next issue of Sweet Tooth on the other hand, I would be pissed and not talk to the person or visit the site that gave the spoiler until I had read the item in question for now on.

    I don't care that spoilers are out there, or that places advertise they have them, just don't give away said spoilers unless I ask for them or click the article on the site. I'm still a bit bitter that someone ruined the death in Final Fantasy 7 when a friend and I were walking around the mall (I was a wee teen), we were talking about the game that had just came out, my friend was further ahead but wasn't spoiling a thing, and some random moron walks up and says, "didn't it suck when Aeris died?" wanted to punch the guy in the face. The game was hugely hyped and I loved the series (until it started to go downhill to be the mess it is today), and I got one of the biggest moments of the time ruined by some random asshole.

    So yeah, I do not like spoilers being given unless asked for. I don't give spoilers unless someone asks me. I prefer for fiction to unfold while I'm enjoying it, not to be spoiled.
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      CommentAuthorJay Kay
    • CommentTimeJan 25th 2011
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    I think that, especially in the sort of place that Fantastic Four is, the superhero comic book, most people go in knowing fairly well what's going to happen. You can see a full page cliffhanger spread of Batman and Robin tied up on a slab and being dropped by Joker into a vat of horrible chemicals, but if you've read the books for a time, you know that there's a good chance that the next issue they're going to come out of it alright. Then, when a character does die, we know to expect at this point that there's a good chance that if there are not immediate plans for that character's resurrection, then some writer some point down the road who likes the character might.

    I haven't read this issue yet, but like Allen said, if the rest of this run's any indication, there's more going on then just what happens to said F4 member, and from the preview pages they posted, it looks like that character's going to go down fighting, which is something you like to see in your heroes.
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      CommentAuthorHEY APATHY!
    • CommentTimeJan 25th 2011 edited
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    Hate spoilers, if I'm going to read or watch something, I want to be surprised. Movie trailers are the worst often summarizing the entire plot. I love the shock of not knowing and the amusement of trying to figure things out. But if a movie/book sucks, I'm with mister hex and enjoy spoiling it for my friends. (They were really pissed when I told them the what the finale of sixth sense was going to be without even seeing it. HA!)


    I don't care that spoilers are out there, or that places advertise they have them, just don't give away said spoilers unless I ask for them or click the article on the site.

    I hate when things get spoiled like that, I've been exposed to spoilers that I was trying to avoid, there are just so many banners, articles and whatever popping up online sometimes they are a real nuisance.

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