I ask this sincerely. If you’re the kind of person who needs to know what happens at the end of a book, then by all means, go ahead and read the last page. If you need to know right freaking now if a TV character survives into the next season, look up spoilers. But if you’re going to talk about these things, please, please, for the love of your fandom, tag your spoilers. I have had too many books and television series ruined because someone was inconsiderate. It’s 2014, we should all know by now to type #spoilers before you talk about Loki’s pregnancy and the fact that Thor actually dyes his hair.
Excuse me for a second while I rant my ass off.
If there is one thing I really, really hate about Twitter, blogging, and other social media that enables lightning-fast information sharing it is the ability to spoil things for others. Whether it’s books, movies, or television shows, there will always be that one asshole who ruins it for everyone else. And that’s the person who posts unmarked spoilers.
In my days of watching Walking Dead, if I was unable to watch the current episode at the exact moment it was airing, I had to avoid Facebook, Twitter, and basically any breathing human being until I could catch up. Why? Because people were just so, so inconsiderate. Even now, though I no longer watch this show, I can still probably tell you what’s going on because The Walking Dead fans are insanely enthusiastic.
Or how about when Allegiant came out? You know, that book that thousands of people had been waiting for for over a year. The one that somehow got leaked a few days early. Well some douchecanoes out there decided that they were going to post about, rave about, or rant about the ending – the ending of an entire series – before the book even came out. I unwittingly stumbled upon one of those unmarked spoilers and the entire series was done for me in that moment. Why should I bother even reading the book if some jerk out there will read it for me and just blab about it all over social media?
I guess before I can ask people to stop, I guess I should define “spoiler.” To me, the blurb of a book is not a spoiler (except in the cases of some sequels, particularly when the first book ends with a twist.) A spoiler is not something that can be read in the first 50 pages. But what is a spoiler? A spoiler is a twist ending, the death of a beloved character, the answer to the whodunnit mystery. Please, do not reveal a character’s identity, or even the outcome of a ship.