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A while back, I did a post about spoilers, but it was mostly focused on how I write my reviews and what I include in them, rather than my general view on spoilers. I’m not sure how much it comes across in my other posts, but my view has always been the same. I will try my best to respect other people’s wishes, but I don’t personally care too much about having major plot events or the ending revealed to me.
I think there are also different types of spoilers and I’ll react to them in different ways. For example, I will always keep spoilers as generic as possible (though to be fair, this is sometimes so I can mess with people by saying something vague enough to be misinterpreted). I might have mentioned this before in a previous post, but when I watch series after they’ve fully aired, I usually read summaries online ahead of time. If you tell me that a character will die by the end of the series in advance, I really won’t be affected at all.
On the other hand, if there’s a big twist or reveal in the story, I can understand wondering “what if I hadn’t known”. There’s no way to know how you would have reacted to a scene if you hadn’t known about it in advance, but you can absolutely re-watch a scene to see how you would react to it if you already knew the outcome. So, in effect, an opportunity has been taken away from you forever, so I can understand being upset about that…even if I would never feel the same way.
So I’m not sure if I’ve ever asked this before on this blog. How do people feel about spoilers? I’m sure there’s a spectrum and that most people would prefer not to hear spoilers if they didn’t have to, so I’ll be more specific. At what point do you think you’ve been told too much? To give an example, I feel like I’ve seen enough Yuri on Ice tweets over the course of the last season such that I really don’t need to watch the show.