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17 March 2004 @ 07:45 am
OK, a quick story or two to explain why I'm so touchy about spoilers, even though I'm such a big fan of things like movie trailers. No names will be mentioned. If it was you, don't bother apologizing or feeling bad - these events are WAY in the past, and it's either been forgiven, forgotten, or at least actions have been taken to avoid it happening again.


I'm away at college, and Buffy the Vampire Slayer is in it's second or third season. At this point, I haven't watched much of it - when the show started, I didn't realize how much I'd like it, and then there was a lot of continuity to catch up on.

So my brother and I decided to start at the beginning. We track down the first several episodes, and have most of first season on VHS, except for episode 6, titled Angel. This episode, for some reason, is very difficult to track down - nobody has it taped, and it never seems to repeat. Brother's aware of what happens in that episode 6, and tells me that I can watch episodes 1-5, but something really big happens in that episode, so I need to avoid ANYTHING related to any episodes after that so as not to spoil it for myself.

My friends are into the show, but it's pretty simple to avoid. I just don't hang out with them that evening, and try to stop conversation about it when it comes up. But occasionally I do need to explain why. I'm doing this, when the following occurrs:
Me: "So yeah, I've only seen the first few episodes. As soon as we can find a copy of the episode called 'Angel,' I'll be able to catch up."
Friend: "Angel? Is that the vampire dude?"
Me: "Guess I can catch up now."


Event #2 didn't actually happen to me, it happened to that same brother. He and a friend of mine are going opening weekend to see Independence Day. If you can believe this, brother hasn't seen a SINGLE COMMERCIAL OR PREVIEW for the movie at the time it came out - he managed to avoid it so the whole thing would be a surprise. They're in the theatre, waiting for the movie to start, chatting about various things. The lights dim, the movie's about to start. That's when my friend says to my brother:
"I can't believe they blow up the White House."


Anyway, I'm sensitive about spoilers. It's just a pet peeve of mine. They're called that for a reason - they exist to spoil a surprise that a writer and director and crew and many other people wanted you to experience in a certain way, and if you know in advance, you simply can't experience it in the way it was intended.

It's like the difference between seeing The Sixth Sense for the first time and seeing it any time after that. They're very different experiences, and by telling someone the twist in advance, you are robbing them of the first-time experience.

Anyway, that's why I sometimes fly off the handle when I accidentally run into a spoiler that I wasn't prepared for, or that I was specifically trying to avoid. Now that I've explained that, I'd better get ready for work...
DragonPookie: Grouchodragonpookie on March 17th, 2004 07:14 pm (UTC)
No spoilers?
So i shouldn't tell you that Anakin becomes Darth Vader?
Or that Obi-Wan becomes a grizzled old bastard?
Or that Mace Windu won't eat swine and plans to walk the earth like Caine in Kung Fu
angelicfall on March 17th, 2004 07:56 pm (UTC)
Event One : My fault :)
lindasings on March 17th, 2004 11:31 pm (UTC)
There's a twist in The Sixth Sense? Oh no! Now you've spoiled it!
lazyeyepsycho on March 18th, 2004 03:32 am (UTC)
Yeah that totally annoys me as well. My friend Jackie in WA use to be the worst ever at that. He would literally go watch a movie come back and Act out the ENTIRE thing and tell you the ending. No matter if you wanted him to or not.
sencollins on March 18th, 2004 08:13 am (UTC)
I actually have you beat...
Somehow, despite working at a video store and having the ability to see movies at the theater for free (through a mutual agreement with the managers of a few theaters), I never saw The Usual Suspects. I kept hearing that I needed to see this movie: awesome cast, awesome direction, great plot, amazing thriller....
So, I waited for it to come out on video. And it did. But we had a horrid rule that said we couldn't rent a video until it was three weeks old (so that the paying customers would have a shot at it). So for 3 weeks every time a customer or employee started discussing it, I would walk away or tell them I hadn't seen it. And then the three weeks past, but as a manager I was always closing and all of our copies would be gone by the end of the night. Somehow, I still didn't know anything about the movie for the next week. That all ended one day, when one gentleman, dropping off his movie at the door stated while walking away, (and I will edit it for any of you in a deeper cave than I am) "I still can't believe __________________________ was Kaiser Soze..."

Rat bastard... Didn't end up seeing it for the next 3 years, cause I already knew the end and all of my friends had already seen it...