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Friday Fun: Talking about spoilers


A while back, I did a post about spoilers, but it was mostly focused on how I write my reviews and what I include in them, rather than my general view on spoilers. I'm not sure how much it comes across in my other posts, but my view has always been the same. I will try my best to respect other people's wishes, but I don't personally care too much about having major plot events or the ending revealed to me.

I think there are also different types of spoilers and I'll react to them in different ways. For example, I will always keep spoilers as generic as possible (though to be fair, this is sometimes so I can mess with people by saying something vague enough to be misinterpreted). I might have mentioned this before in a previous post, but when I watch series after they've fully aired, I usually read summaries online ahead of time. If you tell me that a character will die by the end of the series in advance, I really won't be affected at all.

On the other hand, if there's a big twist or reveal in the story, I can understand wondering "what if I hadn't known". There's no way to know how you would have reacted to a scene if you hadn't known about it in advance, but you can absolutely re-watch a scene to see how you would react to it if you already knew the outcome. So, in effect, an opportunity has been taken away from you forever, so I can understand being upset about that...even if I would never feel the same way.

So I'm not sure if I've ever asked this before on this blog. How do people feel about spoilers? I'm sure there's a spectrum and that most people would prefer not to hear spoilers if they didn't have to, so I'll be more specific. At what point do you think you've been told too much? To give an example, I feel like I've seen enough Yuri on Ice tweets over the course of the last season such that I really don't need to watch the show.



  • Flow

    Feb. 24, 2017, 9:06 p.m.

    *calls the spoiler police*

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    marthaurion

    Feb. 24, 2017, 10:01 p.m.

    but the people need to know!

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  • D Talks Anime

    Feb. 25, 2017, 12:47 a.m.

    Staying away from tumblr and twitter has saved me from a lot of recent season spoilers...but not enough in the case of Yuri on Ice, Flip Flappers, ACCA or Scum's Wish. Those are all just too widely discussed to escape. I'll still watch them though.

    In general, I prefer to avoid spoilers but knowing them won't put me off a show. Plus, half the time, it's my own fault 'cause I go sniffing around in wiki or tv tropes when I really shouldn't. My own reviews tend to be spoilery enough to warrant warnings. To stop rambling and answer you question, 'too much' would be plot points that would have been better left in the dark to maximize the enjoyment of a show. Taking Yuri on Ice again as example, I didn't mind knowing about the romantic milestones beforehand but had I known the results of the competitions, it would have hindered my excitement when I watched.

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    marthaurion

    Feb. 25, 2017, 6:42 a.m.

    yeah, twitter's often pretty bad for that. i dont usually mind, but i keep track of who cares about spoilers on twitter. awkwardly enough, some of them are the ones who live tweet, which is a bit hypocritical.

    i think i usually try to stay away from spoilers in series reviews, but episode reviews are all fair game. there's no way i could have anything to say without talking about specific points in the episode. i agree with stuff like romantic milestones...i feel like that would never bother me. im curious how i would have reacted had i known the outcome to some of the games in something like haikyuu...to give a fair comparison

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    D Talks Anime

    Feb. 25, 2017, 9:10 p.m.

    That does sound somewhat hypocritical. I've never had a twitter account of my own so most of the danger came from tumblr which I don't visit much these days. Social media is hard, okay.

    Yeah, my episode reviews are the same way. If I kept those spoiler free, I'd have all of 50 words to write. I'm in the same boat with Kuroko's Basketball right now. It's not new so as long as I don't go seeking spoilers, I should be safe.

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    marthaurion

    Feb. 26, 2017, 6:48 a.m.

    i just embrace it...without participating too much in the hypocrisy

    well...good luck

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  • Schrodingers Cat

    Feb. 25, 2017, 5:42 a.m.

    <censored> dies. *nod nod*

    I used to not care so much about spoilers, but now, I only care about specific series I guess? *shifts gaze*

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    marthaurion

    Feb. 25, 2017, 6:30 a.m.

    which ones? :D *prepares spoilers*

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    Schrodingers Cat

    Feb. 25, 2017, 6:37 a.m.

    uhh... any of my favourite series? anyway I'm usually pretty up to date with them so it'll be pretty hard to find any major spoilers..

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