Roger Ebert rightfully noted: “The characters in movies do not always do what we would do. Sometimes they make choices that offend us. That is their right. It is our right to disagree with them. It is not our right, however, to destroy for others the experience of being as surprised by those choices as we were.“
If you have any experience with movie goers you know how personal the issue with spoilers has become.
-“Oh! are you telling me plot details of something i didn’t watch yet? Why!?
You should stop doing that. Right now!” is a perfectly acceptable response nowadays.
I will advocate there is no such thing as a “Spoiler” or that at least- the phenomenon is enormously exaggerated.
So what defines a spoiler?
1. A spoiler is an element of a disseminated summary or description of any piece of fiction that reveals any plot elements which threaten to give away important details.
2. Typically, the details of the conclusion of the plot, including the climax and ending, are especially regarded as spoiler material.
3. It can also be used to refer to any piece of information regarding any part of a given media that a potential consumer would not want to know beforehand.
“Spoiling” has become a crucial part of modern social etiquette.
But the vague, generalized definitions bare some implications.
Being “Spoiler-protective” to me is an indication of the following:
- One does not see the boundaries of his culture. They were blinded by society.
- They may subconsciously choose to believe they will not die. They are fooled.
- The person has accepted the norm of prioritizing it’s boundaries to his own personal life and decisions. They are sedated.
- The sanctity of media-experience does not allow realizing that all stories are essentially the same. They are being hypnotized.
- Peer pressure convinced the person that media is the best form of time consumption and receiving pleasure. They were lobotomized.
In short, over-protective spoiler-aware people usually lack a creative essence in their life, or are conformists, but in any case there’s a typical unawareness to what a story IS;
Any story you will ever find is based in a few hierarchic rules:
- The message or information being conveyed.
- The aesthetics used for this purpose- symbols, archetypes, colors and shapes.
- Now the most crucial part- structure. First, i would say dimensions are added to a story. we see more examples today as stories take place on many layers of dimension (“Arrival” comes to mind). After that comes a structural definition of possible 3 narratives:
* The story is either telling of a relationship of our sun and planet earth,
* Or the so called “Hero’s Journey” of 12 steps.
* Last but not least- Depiction of the way a soul comes to this realm.
Some complex story may allow more than one narrative, like the most mysterious episode of the South Park Series- “Freemium Isn’t Free”.