THE TRUTH ABOUT EMOTIONAL SPOILERS FOR BOOKS AND MOVIES
A few weeks ago, when Avengers: Endgame premiered in
theatres throughout the country, there was a huge uproar about people spoiling
a major plot twist. Those who were not able to see the movie on the night it
premiered felt like they were cheated, when the death of a certain well-loved
hero was revealed by their friends on social media.
Spoilers like this are a common thing when it comes to
popular books, movies, and T.V. shows. And many avid fans go to great lengths
to avoid seeing or hearing anything that may give away and “spoil” crucial
dramatic themes in their favorite books or shows.
After all, if those dramatic themes are discovered ahead of
time, it may ruin —or, at the very least, lessen— the experience of reading or
watching them for the first time.
Or, will it?
have found that people who have been exposed to a “spoiler” can actually end up
enjoying the book or movie more than those who go into it without prior
knowledge of what is going to happen.
It turns out that emotional spoilers allow people to better
process what they are about to read or watch and, in turn, help them to be prepared
for those sensitive moments.
While this may seem strange to those who insist that
spoilers make things less enjoyable, there are actually quite a few people who
want to know what is going to happen ahead of time. So many, in fact, that
there is an entire website dedicated to giving emotional spoilers for books,
movies, and T.V. shows.
And it does not stop there! Doesthedogdie.com also provides
crowdsourced spoilers for video games, blogs, and podcasts, among other things.
So, next time you are going start reading an emotionally charged novel, check
out this website ahead of time, and let us know if the spoilers make the book