Over the last couple of days, my personal corner of the Internet has been ablaze with some spoilery information about an upcoming big event comic, with responses so vehement and so shocked that I was seriously tempted to go looking for the information myself.  Despite my tenure at a cool site called ‘Major Spoilers’, my relationship with leaked information is a complex one: Most of the time, when I have gone seeking spoilers, they’ve been half-truths and third-hand interpretations, leading to the Innernets’ longest game of Telephone.  On very rare occasions, discovering the spoilers has led to diminished enjoyment of the finished product, but mostly it’s just a quiet voice in the back of my head wondering “Does the spoiler happen now?”  Mostly recently, a malicious internet putz intentionally blindsided me with spoilers for ‘The Force Awakens’ that I was studiously trying to avoid, leading us to today’s inside-baseball query…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) usually does, if only to be educated, asking: If you knew that they were available for your favorite show/book/series/film, would you go seeking spoilers?

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Matthew Peterson

Matthew Peterson

Once upon a time, there was a young nerd from the Midwest, who loved Matter-Eater Lad and the McKenzie Brothers... If pop culture were a maze, Matthew would be the Minotaur at its center. Were it a mall, he'd be the Food Court. Were it a parking lot, he’d be the distant Cart Corral where the weird kids gather to smoke, but that’s not important right now... Matthew enjoys body surfing (so long as the bodies are fresh), writing in the third person, and dark-eyed women. Amongst his weaponry are such diverse elements as: Fear! Surprise! Ruthless efficiency! An almost fanatical devotion to pop culture!

And a nice red uniform.

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5 Comments

  1. Rob
    May 21, 2016 at 12:00 pm — Reply

    No, I have actively avoided that kind of thing in the past, the leaked clips from the first Wolverine film and the leaked script for the 2012 Dredd movie for example.
    I’d rather judge the finished work than try and form an opinion on bits and pieces taken out of context

  2. May 21, 2016 at 1:14 pm — Reply

    I don’t go great lengths to avoid spoilers but usually won’t go looking for them either. I prefer not to know whats happening beforehand but it doesn’t ruin my experience if I do.

  3. May 21, 2016 at 2:00 pm — Reply

    It depends. I usually prefer to be surprised, like when I actively avoided articles for the recent Star Wars movie to the point I even avoided wiki articles of established canon characters or about the franchise.

    But sometimes, I’m more willing to know the story beforehand. I might not actively track them down, but if I stumble across spoilers or am linked to spoilers I won’t immediately pass them over.

  4. Hannah Jones
    May 21, 2016 at 3:35 pm — Reply

    I will, and I have, and I’ll do it again. If I’m excited enough about something, I have no problem checking out the spoilers.

  5. Frank
    May 22, 2016 at 9:18 am — Reply

    If it something I’m interested in, I’ll avoid spoilers, footage and everything else that would give away the plot. There is something amazing going into a movie that you know nothing about and are blown away.

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