I confess: I like spoilers. Knowing how a movie ends doesn't ruin it for me at all. I've seen so many movies based on novels I've read, I usually know what's going to happen anyway. And speaking of books, I read the endings first.
My agent once asked me why. "Simple," I said. "If I get hit by a submarine in the middle of Main Street, I don't want to croak not knowing how it ends."
She laughed. "Nobody could get hit by a submarine...no, wait a minute. Nobody else could, but you could."
She was joking, of course. It was her way of poking fun at my habit. I still read the ends of novels first. I still search the internet for anything I can find on upcoming movies I want to see. If there's a spoiler out there, I'll find it. I don't need to be surprised. I get my pleasure from the journey, whether or not I know how it ends.
Recently, I gave William a bit of taunting with some news about the upcoming Captain America: The Winter Soldier. I knew what the two end credits scenes would be. He wanted to be surprised. I ended up dropping a couple of clues, as he did when he told me the end credits scene in Iron Man 2 involved Thor's hammer....
This reminds me of an episode of The Big Bang Theory in which the geeks are at the local comic book store. The owner, Stuart, tells Sheldon a shipment of Green Lantern action figures is scheduled to arrive the next day and offers to put one aside for Sheldon. Sheldon, instead of being grateful, is annoyed, telling Stuart he's been robbed of the pleasure of discovery, desire and ultimately, possession.
Sheldon tends to go overboard...but I know most of you prefer the element of surprise when reading a book or watching a movie or TV show. So here's my question: who likes to be surprised, and who actively seeks out the spoilers?