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    What is your view of so called "spoilers"? What constitutes a spoiler? When did you first hear of the term being used and what do you feel about it?

    Do plot details or fore knowledge of a story mean there is no point in reading, watching etc. a story?

    What if it is an adaptation of a story you know already? Would you simply not bother seeing the film or TV show? Why or why not?

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    This is actually a very timely thread, since we live in this NO SPOILERS age. I personally prefer not to be spoiled on plot twists, but if a story is any good, it has enjoyable elements beyond its twists. I don't think it's the end of the world to be spoiled, I find people flipping out like idiots over spoilers more annoying.

    The Game of Thrones tv series comes up a lot (since the books have been out for so long), but I really don't mind knowing what's going to happen next. I quite enjoy watching the show with my dad (though I don't spoil it for him), even AFTER reading the books and watching all the episodes beforehand.

    It definitely depends on what kind of story is being spoiled. I knew how Romeo and Juliet was going to end, I knew Anne Frank wasn't going to live happily ever after, and I knew Darth Vader was Luke's Father. But I still enjoyed the stories. However, if someone spoiled a book like "Gone Girl" for me, I never would have bothered reading it, because I basically only enjoyed it for its twisty, turny story.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 93JC View Post
    Took me a second!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Forever_Jung View Post
    Took me a second!
    Take your time. I wouldn't have wanted to spoil it for you.
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    Hey, who moved this thread? This is clearly a matter of political and historical significance.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Forever_Jung View Post
    This is actually a very timely thread, since we live in this NO SPOILERS age. I personally prefer not to be spoiled on plot twists, but if a story is any good, it has enjoyable elements beyond its twists. I don't think it's the end of the world to be spoiled, I find people flipping out like idiots over spoilers more annoying.

    The Game of Thrones tv series comes up a lot (since the books have been out for so long), but I really don't mind knowing what's going to happen next. I quite enjoy watching the show with my dad (though I don't spoil it for him), even AFTER reading the books and watching all the episodes beforehand.

    It definitely depends on what kind of story is being spoiled. I knew how Romeo and Juliet was going to end, I knew Anne Frank wasn't going to live happily ever after, and I knew Darth Vader was Luke's Father. But I still enjoyed the stories. However, if someone spoiled a book like "Gone Girl" for me, I never would have bothered reading it, because I basically only enjoyed it for its twisty, turny story.
    It depends on the story for me and the specifics, but generally I prefer no spoilers. Being surprised is one of my favorite parts of experiencing art (whether fiction or cinema). Some stories don't really have spoilers. (For example, I watched "The Last Samurai" today and enjoyed it even though I knew where the story was going both because I've seen it before and because I know the "general meme" for that story. However, if you're watching The Sixth Sense, it's better to not know the spoilers.)

    I worked very hard not to run across spoilers for Breaking Bad or Game of Thrones because a huge part of the interest in those stories is not knowing how it will turn out. But House of Cards? I already have a decent sense of where the story is going, so not as big a deal (although i appreciated not knowing a few notable twists ahead of time.)

    I think sometimes a "spoiler style" movie can be really enjoyable if it's constructed to be such, even after you know the spoilers -- you can just enjoy the other elements of the movie on future viewings. Movies that are ALL about the spoiler don't have as much longevity. But for example I can still watch Breaking Bad and Game of Thrones and still very much appreciate it even if I know the major plot points... because the writing and the characters are interesting.

    some stories also employ the "non-intuitive" spoiler -- they give away the ending of the movie up front, but then the interest comes in how the story got from Point A to Point B, with perhaps a few NEW spoilers in the body of the plot.

    I ran across the term "spoilers" online, btw... the proliferation of social media quickly gave rise to the term since you now have a lot of people posting commentary about film and literature online, giving rise even to special BBCODEs (spoiler) to hide information.

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    I don't give a shit.



    I've long sinced passed the Information Novelty Event Horizon. The order in which I learn something can't spoil an experience for me. It just is what it is.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cygnus View Post
    I don't give a shit.

    I've long sinced passed the Information Novelty Event Horizon. The order in which I learn something can't spoil an experience for me. It just is what it is.
    Knock yourself out.
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