You’re in the middle of an amazing book. You tell someone what you’re reading. Without thinking, they give away the ending.
You’re in the middle of an amazing book. You close it without bookmarking. When you open again to find your place, you open the cover a wee bit too far and mistakenly read ahead.
You’re in the middle of an amazing (uplifting) book. You tell someone what you’re reading. They tell you how tragically sad the ending is and how it will make you sob. You spend the rest of the book trying to figure out the sad twist that you never knew existed.
Someone posts something on Facebook and while innocently scrolling through your newsfeed, you now have books (AND REALITY TV) ruined for you.
All of these situations have happened to me and I’m quite certain they have also happened for a number of you. Admittingly, I am more sensitive to this than most people. I absolutely HATE knowing anything ahead of time.
When I’m reading a book and the plot is getting GOOD, it’s not uncommon for me to physically put my hand over the rest of the page so I cannot mistakenly read ahead.
When I am watching reality tv (my favorite), I mute the sound and look away when Chris Harrison announces, “Tonight on the Bachelor” or “Coming up after the break”. Scenes from next week?????? FORGET ABOUT IT. Hell no.
I saw Hamilton without listening to a single song first although everyone told me I needed to. I did zero historical research. I walked into that theater completely blind and I truly think I had a better experience because of it!
Have you ever noticed the following disclaimer that I include with every book review that I publish on my blog?
(Disclaimer: I will never post spoilers in my reviews HOWEVER the comment section is completely fair game to discuss any and all specifics including spoilers)
I have heard that there are people who when they receive a book, the very first thing that they do is to read the last page of the book. Do people like this really exist?!?
I never Google a television show for any reason unless I am 100 percent caught up in the current season. I have blocked people on Facebook when they post status updates about current television shows so nothing will be ruined for me if I’m an episode or 2 behind. I turn away from the magazines in the grocery store checkout aisle when they post photos of current reality tv stars.
I once told a friend how excited I was to watch the Bachelor finale that night and she responded with “Oh! ____won! I just read an article!” This was roughly 3 hours before the finale aired. And of course my friend was right. And of course it was the girl who I NEVER thought was going to win. It would have been such an amazing finale.
When I’m reading or watching television, I NEVER try to predict the ending. I just enjoy the present and not give too much thought into trying to figure out what will happen next (on a side note, this is also a fantastic way to go about life…but that’s a different post for a different day).
To me, nothing beats an amazing twist that I never saw coming. Nothing is better than a surprise ending. When an author has the ability to make this happen, it’s brilliant. So many specific books come to mind…but I don’t want to spoil any of them for you!
What are your thoughts on all of this? How do you feel about spoilers? Tell me a story about a time when someone ruined something for you!
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