Some people don't give a damn about spoilers. My grandmother, for instance, used to turn to the last page of a book before she started it, to check if she'd like it. I also have friends who look up the synopsis of a movie before they watch it. I think it's safe to say, in fact, that most people view spoilers as an irritant, but not the end of the world. I'm a little more militant.
If you spoil something for me, not only will I probably not read/watch the media in question, I will also assault you with whatever blunt implement I can lay my hands on.
There are two reasons for my anger -
- The creator of said media has put in hundreds, if not thousands, of hours to create a piece of work that is designed to entertain you for a small fraction of those hours. Telling me that Dave the Crotchless Supermonkey dies on page 156 pisses all over the creator's efforts to entertain. What's the point in reading the book if you know what's going to happen?
- It's a dick move. You're basically saying, "I don't respect you enough to let you enjoy this media in the manner in which it was intended." Seriously now, why would you do this? Do you get some perverse enjoyment from ruining someone else's fun?
Also, I disagree with the idea that, if something has been out for a while, it's okay to spoil the plot. Why would this be okay? There aren't enough hours in my life to read the books released in one year, never mind everything that came before. Just because you read something thirty years ago doesn't mean you have a right to spoil it for everybody else.
It boils down to this: I want to enjoy media in the way it was intended to be enjoyed. If you try and spoil that for me, don't be surprised when you get shouted at.
What about you? What's your view on spoilers?