I may tick people off when it comes to this, but I don’t really care. I am kind of irritated.
I know that when a new episode of my favorite TV Show, a new book to my favorite series, or a sequel to a movie I enjoyed has come out. I know there will be this crazy thing that will pop up on the internet called spoilers.
I also know that if I start getting into a series that has been around for a while there will be lots of fansites on the internet that could possibly spoil it for me. As a result I don’t go looking for it till I have caught up. I am okay with that.
And if a series is older than 10 years I shouldn’t have to post spoilers in the title. I shouldn’t have to post spoilers in the article at all.
But apparently on reddit you have to .
Even if the series is 16 years old….
Really come on now.
When I am getting into a series and I know it is old; I don’t go looking online. If I do, I know I am doing it at my own risk. If I am just getting into a series that is brand new, if a new episode has come, out and I haven’t seen it yet; I will avoid those websites in the meantime until I have seen the episode. It is a lot easier to do than you think.
I have missed a lot concerning Once Upon A Time lately. Due to my facebook feed all I know is that the Wicked Witch is involved. That is it. I don’t know anything about it.
When I have missed new episodes from Doctor Who, Once Upon A Time, Sleep Hollow, Game of Thrones, etc. you know what I do? I do this amazing thing called don’t look and don’t search for it. I don’t go looking for things on tumblr, pinterest, etc. If something pops up while I’m on there I do this amazing thing where I ignore it. I don’t read it, I just click away from it.
I know crazy right.
Now when I am talking among friends in person I have more discretion because well even if they cover their ears there is not much they can do about it. Instead I talk privately about with the friends who are in the know or I ask if that person cares if I spoil it for them.
Most of them don’t, a few do. It’s cool.
What happens if what happened on the internet happened in the real world, where people actually interact face to face.
I am in a bookstore or cafe talking about a new episode with friends. It is just a conversation between the two of us. All of a sudden someone comes up to me and says ‘you just spoiled that episode for me!’ You should have said spoilers!’ ‘I wasn’t talking to you though and you didn’t have to listen in’, I say. ‘Still though you can’t go around talking about it and spoiling for everyone,’ says whiny fan(girl/boy).
See how ridiculous that is?
In all honestly though I don’t know what is so hard about not looking for information related to your fandom. My father does it all the time. I do it all the time, and so does my mother. We are all Geeks. If they sees any article related to TV Shows and yes even movies that they are interested in, they will do this crazy thing where they ignores it and they don’t read and or watch youtube videos online, or look up anything related, unless they don’t care. Which sometimes they don’t.
I do the exact same thing. I don’t fanboy/fangirl rage at someone for spoiling something, especially since, I went looking at the topic in relation to said fandom in the first place. I can understand it may be a little more “difficult” when you are subscribed and or following that person. Usually the titles though are a pretty good giveaway of what they are talking about. I follow so many geek related sites and I have yet to have the entire episode of Game of Thrones spoiled for me. It has only happened once. Once!
Big example. I have’t seen the current season of Game of Thrones. I accidentally saw something about the purple wedding and I only know that…..
You have been warned
Are you sure you want to go further
Fine I am not responsible….
Honestly that shouldn’t be a surprise to:
- those who have read the books
- those who have watched the season so far
- those who know that George R.R. Martin loves killing people more so than Moffat.
(Imagine if they did an episode together…)
I am not against warning people about spoiler related things, but there is a limit. Here is what I will post spoilers on…
I will still post spoilers on things that are:
- The episode just aired
- New books in a series that just came out
- Movie sequel just came out
- you get the idea….
But I won’t post spoilers on:
- Movies (especially if the movie is based on a book- sorry I am no sorry- that is not happening)
- Movies that have been in existence for more than a year
- Book series that have been out longer than a year
- New Bestselling Books (have to be about a year old)
- TV Shows that are over in general
- TV Shows Season that are over (like once the 4th Season of Game of Thrones is over- all bets are off)
- Games- this just won’t happen
That is my stance because frankly if I have to put a spoiler alert on every single thing I am posting, it will take way too much time. And that is a little overkill.
So be warned anytime you see anything fandom related on my page. You have been warned.