I don’t think spoilers are that big of a deal. I just ruined the end of this post for you, but I hope you keep reading.
I understand why they bother a lot of people – they want to be surprised by the twists and turns of a movie when they see it. Especially if they’ve just forked over $15 for a ticket and popcorn, they want ever danged nickle’s worth of possible value. But honestly, does much that comes out of Hollywood really surprise us anymore? Can you not guess the major plot points of most major movies, especially with the trend to putting out trailers that give half the movie away three months in advance?
That’s just me being snarky, though. The reason spoilers don’t bother me much is that I appreciate good storytelling even if I know where it is going. Do you have movies you’ve seen multiple times? You already know every plot point, so why do you do it? You like the tale. I’ve seen Fight Club, Star Wars, American Beauty, Shawshank Redemption, and a slew of other movies dozens of times, yet I enjoy them just the same. If a movie is good, knowing points about the first viewing won’t change your experience, or make it a lower quality film.
Even though I disagree, I try to respect the whole “no spoilers” idea for the most part, but sometimes it’s silly. If someone gives away the ending of The Sixth Sense at this point (Hint: HE’S DEAD THE WHOLE TIME) it’s not a spoiler – you’re just lazy. That movie has been out for ages. People saying No Spoilers around the Lord of the Rings movies were also driving me batshit. The books came out in the 1950’s. I refused to reign in my discussions about the movies (which I loved) because someone couldn’t get around in the last half century to reading them. Tbbbttt…
Personally, I wish people would relax more and enjoy the storytelling for an experience, and not as a revelation of secrets. Who knows… maybe if people put less stock into first time revelations it might encourage Hollywood to put more effort into solid storytelling that stands up no matter what you know about the plot.
SPOILER: It won’t work, but I’m a stubborn dreamer.