Friday, March 14, 2014

Spoiler Alerts (or Do You Want to Know a Secret?)

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?

20 comments:

  1. Now how did you find THAT photo? LOL. Perfect. Oh and be careful.

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  2. The way the weather is I would be very careful crossing streets if I was you... Submarines could be lurking anywhere.
    I don't like spoilers. I never read the ending of a book first, especially with mysteries I like to figure them out myself. But that said sometimes with a Japanese or Korean show that I don't plan on finishing I like to find out what happens. So it is not quite a spoiler.
    There was episode where Lenard is reading a Harry Potter Book and Sheldon blurts out that Dumbdor dies and Lenard freaks out... Sheldon being Sheldon does know or really care what he did was wrong. Sometimes I just want to slap him.

    cheers, parsnip

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  3. @ Eve: I Googled "funny submarines!" I was really surprised when that turned up!

    @ Gayle: I remember that episode! Sheldon is soooo self-absorbed!

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  4. I love the element of surprise. Although, sometimes, I just want to cut to the ending if the story is that good, cus if a story is tuat good, I sometimes won't have the patience to go rough the whole book or movie to find out how it ends. And then I will read or watch the rest of the movie, afterwards, so to get the rest of he story just us I still do.'t want miss anythibg of stories. Lol.

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  5. I like to be surprised. In fact, I love it when I can't figure out what's going on till the very end. The only way I'd read a book's ending first would be if once I started reading, it was so bad I knew I'd never finish it!

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  6. I prefer being surprised.... I try to avoid spoilers at all costs!

    Death by street crashing submarine. What are the odds of that?

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  7. Although I like being surprised, I confess to reading the end when I just can't stand it anymore and *must* find out what happened (e.g., it's 3am and I still haven't gotten to the end and I'm dying to find out what happened and I need to get up in another 3 hours:)

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  8. I prefer to figure it out myself. I usually do that well before the ending.

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    1. @Mari: That's common among authors. That's why it really doesn't make any difference if we jump ahead or not.

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  9. @ April: I confess that my impatience often gets the better of me!

    @ Cheryl: I've done that, too!

    @ William: Long shots are my specialty!

    @ Lulu: That's me...I just can't wait!

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  10. I like to read the end of books first, myself.

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  11. I don't actively seek out spoilers, but I'm not overly bothered about them, either. They drive my wife crazy!

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    1. @ Mark: You're an author. You'd figure it all out before it happened!

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  12. If I've read the book, that's one thing, but I hate it when someone tells me the end of a movie I haven't seen! When Fatal Attraction was the rage, I couldn't wait to see it, then someone told me how good it was, especially after "he shot her at the end." Arrrgh! Hopefully I didn't spoil that for anyone since that movie came out back in the '80s;).

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    1. @ Maria: If anybody has missed it at this late date, they deserve to have it spoiled for them!

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  13. I like surprises! So I tend not to read/see film trailers/spoilers! But I do admit to browsing through the last chapter of one or two books (ahem!) - only because I get half way through and I just couldn't stand not knowing what happens to a character I've grown quite fond of! Take care
    x

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  14. Norma you sound like Harry from When Harry Met Sally! lol
    I find it interesting you like spoilers. I love to be surprised, and to try and figure out where the story's going on my own. I do love to go back and re-read or re-watch knowing the ending tho, to see how it was all woven together. And of course I've watched many films after reading the book, and still enjoy it. I also love reading a book after seeing the film--it's like getting a bit extra. :)

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  15. @ Old Kitty: A confession! I love it!

    @ PK: I knew I sounded familiar!

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  16. I don't actively look at the endings Norma, but I have an unfortunate knack of guessing it anyway..almost down to the exact vocab.. It's a curse :) I looove Sheldon, how he remembers his lines I'll never know:)

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