Spoilers – to spoil or not to spoil

After a few busy days I’m spending the evening at home watching a couple of episodes of Masterchef Australia. I’m about half-way into the third season, but I already know who’s going to be the winner.
I like to find out how stories will end before finishing them. A lot of people think it spoils the experience of a script if you know the ending in beforehand, but not me. If anything, I think it can make a movie of book more interesting. And according to a study by the University of California, I am correct in thinking so.

What do you think? Do spoilers spoil a good story or can they enhance it?

These photos show a miniature model of Copenhagen in the 15th century.

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14 Responses to Spoilers – to spoil or not to spoil

  1. Heba says:

    I used to read book’s last page before buying it, but I’m not doing that anymore.

  2. Hanna says:

    Pretty pictures!
    I try to avoid even seeing a trailer for a film that I want to see. I think it gives away too much (they always show some intense action sequence from the very end of the movie! )
    But maybe I should think this strategy over.. It would make it less of a hassle to go to the cinema (I always turn away from the coming attractions :) )

  3. Sarah says:

    I love it when you are partially spoiled on something – like when you have known the ending but forgotten all the details so that it feels familiar, although still exiting. About knowing the winner of TV shows I really couldn’t say that I mind either, at least it does not stop me from watching the old episodes of Project Runway every time they’re on! I don’t know if I’m as keen on it as you though:)

    • Antonia says:

      Yes, this! I like it when you don’t remember (or know) the details, but know the essential information:) Also, sometimes when it’s too much suspense (like, when you’re about to find out the winner of a TV show or if the hero dies in the end of the movie) I just can’t bare it, and I sort of stop enjoying it. I still get emotional even when I know what’s about to happen:)

  4. Erica says:

    I don’t want to spoil a twist ending! I loved not knowing whether Snape was on Harry’s side or not, for instance! It was the most exciting point of the last book :)

  5. raffaella says:

    I simply can KILL if someone tells me the end of a film or a book! I love the surprise, the excitement of the unknown. And it doesn’t matter if the end proofs disappointing, I like the “path” to reach it, the pleasure of reading or watching, that’s all!

    • Antonia says:

      Haha, I can understand you! I like to know the “path” too. Like, it’s impossible to watch a movie with my mum (if it’s a movie she has already seen), because she gives away all the twists and details within a couple of minutes before they actually take place in the film! This can be so annoying:)))

  6. GGC says:

    Love the pictures, and I’m sitting on the fence about spoilers.. Can’t say for certain if I’m with you or not. But I totally support you anyway :)

  7. Perfect timing!
    I have been thinking about it a lot this week :) I am reading a series of books ( A Song Of Fire And Ice) and I can’t wait to find out what happens with the characters that I like but there are still a lot of chapters about the other characters so it takes me longer than I’d like to find out. So sometimes I just Google what I want to know lol
    But on the other hand, I found out that some characters I really love are going to die, so that is very disappointing as I have to give up all hopes I’ve had for them…
    Yesterday I was up till 5 am reading some discussions about the possible end of the series which is insane… There are two more books to be written and it may take years as the last one the author has been writing for 6 years! And I want to know NOW! :)

    • Antonia says:

      I understand you completely! The conflict between needing to know the answers right away and wanting to savor the excitement of wondering and guessing is hard to solve. I haven’t read A Song of Fire and Ice, but I know from some of my best friends that they are extremely involving, almost addictive.
      I often hear people wish that they could watch movies for the first time again, so they can experience the thrill of not knowing who is Luke’s father or what the Matrix is. They often say that they are jealous of people who haven’t seen those movies yet, because they can still get that first-time experience.
      I wish there was a way to have the cake and eat it too!

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  9. Yes, I agree can’t stop reading :)

  10. Arantxa says:

    I personally prefer not to know the ending of a story while I am watching or reading. While on the other hand, I’m quite curious and sometimes gossip the last chapters of stories looking for any clue. Still, I think it’s best to take a surprise and tease out your own conclusions.

    PS: I’m catching up, finally!

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