As a child I loved to hear stories. I cannot count how many times I have pestered my aunt, who could spin up stories like magic, to tell me a story while I ate. Whoever came to our house, as soon as I became friends with them, I’d ask, “Will you tell me a story?
Growing up, the love for stories intensified. While I was in school, I had hardly ever gone to movies. My friends would come back and tell the stories of the latest movies they had watched. I’d listen with rapt attention. At that age, I rarely cared about what acting was, and what it meant to watch your favourite actors bring the wonderful stories to life in the dark cinema hall. All I cared was the story: who fell in love with who, who faced what problem and overcame it and the like. Later when I actually did get the chance to watch the movie (on TV), I compared what story I had heard of the movie and what was playing onscreen. I relished the fact that I knew what was coming and waited patiently for the known scene to play out. For it is one thing to have heard about it, and another altogether to watch it play out in front of your eyes.
So, when I first learned the phrase ‘Spoiler Alert’, I was confused. Why did it matter if you knew the story from before?
Since Game of Thrones Season 6 started this year, ‘Spoiler Alert’ has been doing the rounds. Many would watch it on Sunday itself. Those who didn’t would be on the edges, snapping those who dared to discuss what happened. I didn’t watch Jon Snow being resurrected before I heard of it. And I didn’t mind, because if he was burned instead of being resurrected at the end of Episode 2, my heart would just have broken. But when I unintentionally spoiled the beans among others, I was met with much heat. The resistors were so emotional in expressing themselves that I felt guilty to have ruined the fun and shock element for them. And the guilt kept floating for a long time after.
So, I ask you, dear reader: How much do ‘Spoiler Alerts’ hurt you? Do you mind knowing the story before you watch the Episode? Or do you never get (like me) what the big fuss is about Spoiler Alerts? Share your thoughts with me below. I have also put a small poll below for those who like polls! Comment, Vote, Like and Share!