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11 December 2015 @ 06:05 am
Spoiler wars  
Spoilers are one of those great emotional issues. Now, a study shows, unsurprisingly, that some people love surprises and suspense, and they hate spoilers, while others (me, for instance) find story suspense a discomfort no more edifying than excretory urgency, and they like spoilers.

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Kalimac: puzzlekalimac on December 11th, 2015 11:20 am (UTC)
I don't like surprises. But I also dislike spoilers. The reason is that I can only read a story for the first time once. If I lose that opportunity, I can't get it back. If I want to read it with pre-knowledge, I can always re-read it later, and frequently do.
Lydy Nickersonlydy on December 11th, 2015 03:53 pm (UTC)
This! This! This!

I really, really hate spoilers.

A long time ago, in a house far, far away, "The Empire Strikes Back" had just come out. I hadn't seen it yet. Someone called and left on the answering machine, "You won't believe it! Luke and Leia are --" My roommate stopped the recording at that point, but I could fill in the blank. I don't like the movie that much, to be honest, but that spoiler really made the movie work even less well, for me, since I spent all the time waiting for them to reveal that Luke and Leia were siblings. It spoiled the dramatic pacing, for me.
Kalimac: puzzlekalimac on December 11th, 2015 04:14 pm (UTC)
I managed to see that movie without spoilers, but when I re-watched it, years later, it seemed to me that the surprise in the ending that was even bigger than the surprise you mention was tacked on arbitrarily, since it makes no sense in terms of anything that happens earlier. I still believe it was invented at the last minute by Lucas, and I believe there's now documentary evidence supporting that.

Any good story deserves to be read or heard once without spoilers, but the phenomenon of "story whose surprise ending upends everything you thought you knew" is, outside of murder mysteries, relatively new as a plague on the landscape.

But it's not new as a one-off. It occurs to me that Citizen Kane would be far more poignant and effective a film if you didn't know what Rosebud is, but the spoiler on that movie has long since become proverbial.
browngirl on December 11th, 2015 07:35 pm (UTC)
Yay! A Study!