Monday, April 21, 2014 12:20
Fairytale News | Spoilers.
'Mel on reading' is a little feature I created as part of my Fairytale news. It's my way to show my thoughts on topics that go from pet peeves in reading to my favorite things in books.
Spoilers, one of the things I hate with a fierce passion. A spoiler can ruin everything for me. A book (or a movie) is a journey for me. When I start the first page, I have no idea what I’m starting. The story builds up, the plot is thickening and finally I will reach the end and hopefully will be surprised when they reveal the conclusion. If I already know what is going to happen, I have the idea I’m reading the book for nothing. Why would I care about the story if it’s obvious that Y is going to die? Or if the killer is the MC’s best friend? It takes all the surprise, pleasure and fun out of the story.
It’s great when you can handle spoilers though. I know several people who look for them on the internet or who read the ending first before starting the book. You should do whatever you want, but I just can’t do it. It enrages me when people carelessly thrown this information around, whether it’s in their review or on Twitter. Always be careful with revealing information! But the thing that always makes me wonder is, when does a spoiler stop being a spoiler? When is it okay to talk about big happenings?
Let’s say I talk about HP and I mention that X dies. What if someone who has never read HP, but is planning to start it soon didn’t know about it.. I always assume everyone has read HP or already knows what is going to happen, but what if that person doesn’t? Harry Potter has been published for years, but can the things we talk about still be spoilers and how should we deal with them? Because the thing is, this is what is happening with Game of Thrones/A song of ice and fire.
The first book was published in 1996 (at least, that is the oldest version I could find on Goodreads). The series is starting to get more publicity because of the TV show. Posting spoilers is now a horrible crime, but the book is already so old that it’s possible people who read them are talking about it. I’ve even seen a tweet of someone claiming that openly talking about all the books isn’t spoilering, because the books are already so old. Still, I’m reading the books for the first time and I’m watching the TV show and I like to know nothing like Jon Snow. I want to be surprised or horrified, but there is a certain truth in that tweet too. The only difference with this series is that there is a TV show now, but how should we handle information we might not consider as spoilers anymore, because the book is old?
It’s easy in reviews. You put a warning at the beginning of your review or you use spoiler brackets (or whatever method you prefer). But how should we deal with this on other platforms like Twitter? I’m very interested to see what you guys think about this! I will try to form my opinion about this topic and I will handle it next discussion post together with spoilers in comments.
Mel is a microbiology technician who is obsessed with Disney, fairytale retellings and fantasy. If she's not reading or blogging, she's either busy with gaming, hanging out with family or watching a TV show. She loves summer and bright nail polish. One of her dreams is to travel the world. She has found her Prince Charming and they are together for 7+ years.