Spoilers: Love ‘em or hate ‘em?

Commentary by Joshua Fitzgerald
Times-News correspondent
teens20@thetimesnews.com

   Spoilers — little bits of information that divulge a key plot-point from a movie or a book —  are, for some reason, greatly hated by a small but influential group. I don’t know why.
   After all, what is better than hearing the surprise ending of “Mockingjay,” the third book in the “Hunger Games” trilogy, in which Katniss shoots Alma Coin instead of President Snow?
The spoiler saves you from having to read the book. Sure, you don’t get the experience of hearing exactly how it happened and you do not get to enjoy the author’s colorful, dramatic language, but isn’t it infinitely more important that you are saved from a few hours of reading?
Even better, what about the rumor that Han Solo dies at the hands of Kylo Ren in “Star Wars: The Force Awakens”? This saves you from having to wait nine months until the movie comes out.
  
Apparently, this little group that hates spoilers does not agree with such perfect logic. They insist that everything must be kept under “lock-and-key” until they reach that glorious moment when they see what happens for themselves. As a result, they force innocent media outlets to declare, “spoiler alert.” They ensure that the population does not receive information in trailers that would give away the plot. They save everything until the formal release.
Could we say that this group indoctrinates people to hate free exchange of information?  Maybe this group has repressed information that would streamline modern entertainment.
After all, the world dearly wants to know early what happens to Shield in “Avengers: Age of Ultron.”  Why should we wait to know about how closely the Inhumans from the upcoming movie “Inhumans” relate to the mutants of the X-Men? Should there really be a delay as we wait for the Star Wars spinoffs to come out?
Well, maybe people actually like to experience things first-person. Perhaps a few people like the rich weaving of the plot, the full theatre experience or losing oneself in a good book.

 Joshua Fitzgerald is a home-schooler and a Teens & Twenties writer.

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