After reading a few interesting books and ebooks lately as well as some books that I will be receiving this month, I will start doing some book reviews. They will probably include spoilers. Contrary to some who think you shouldn’t include spoilers for a set period of time, anywhere from 6 – 36 months, depending on the individual’s preference, my take is if you really wanted to read the book or see the movie/TV series, you would have done it within a couple of weeks to maybe three (3) months after the book/movie/TV episode became available. No doubt this will get me on some people’s ignore list, but I will try and include the “Spoiler” warning in my reviews. In some cases, I will leave it as a cliff hanger because sometimes it makes sense to do so.
One of my favorite things about the Internet these days is the ability to find spoilers or at least how a book/movie/TV episode ends. I watched a mystery movie back in the 1980s or early 1990s where 5 minutes into the movie, I guessed that person A would murder person B, and frame person C. The movie was in the 1.5 to 2 hour range and I kept watching hoping they would prove me wrong, and sadly they didn’t prove me wrong. It was that bad a plot. It’s like they took lessons in how to make a bad murder mystery movie and got all A’s in the lessons. Back then, I couldn’t go online and do a search to find the ending. I blotted the name of the movie as well as the actors and actresses who starred in it out of my mind so I can’t tell you the name of the movie. Because if I could remember the name of the movie, I would have no problem warning people about it.
I gave up on avoiding spoilers as soon as the Internet became widespread enough. Also, plus unless you plan on avoiding the Internet, social media, personal interactions, etc., you will hear of spoilers. After seeing enough spoilers it actually helped me to appreciate why spoilers can be good. Some of the spoilers have done one of things for me:
- They make me want to read the book, watch the movie, or see the TV episode. Knowing how it ends or certain spoilers doesn’t detract from my enjoyment of seeing how it gets there.
- It helps me decide the book, movie, or TV episode is one I wouldn’t enjoy because they did something stupid, lame, overused plots, etc.
For example, in Night of the Living Trekkies book, partway through I read the ending to see if it was something I wanted to finish. By doing this, I knew at least who was still alive at the end even if I wasn’t sure about what happened to the others who weren’t mentioned in the last chapter. The ending of the book screams, in a nice punny way, sequel.
One of my friends hates spoilers so I avoid mentioning those I find out about if it’s something he is interested in.