Spoilers are sure a delicate subject. Whenever reading an article or a review of a TV episode/movie you haven’t watched yet, you have to be as careful and agile as a ninja. Thankfully, the majority of TV reviewers will be kind enough to tag spoilers or to warn you beforehand, but social media is a whole other matter. The concept of “spoiler” has been around for a while, but the Internet has made avoiding spoilers even more difficult and that’s a fact.
However, spoilers don’t affect everyone in the same way. Over my years as a media consumer, I have learned to identify the 4 different attitudes when facing spoilers.
1- The “I don’t even want to see the promo”
This kind of watcher doesn’t even want to know if the main character will appear in the next episode. They don’t watch the previews, trailers of interviews of the cast in case they say something that might give way to a certain interpretation of what the future holds. They won’t search the show on Google or Tumblr because those places are spoiler mines. What if they just want to check a character’s age but end up reading the dreadful “state: deceased” before they can even look away? Better not risk it!
For these watchers, being spoiled is the worst thing that could happen when watching a TV show. A spoiler makes them lose interest in what they’re seeing because it’s not that exciting anymore. It’s not about knowing what will happen, but how will it happen.
2- The “not gonna google it just in case”
This watcher is very similar to the previous one in the way in which they act. They limit themselves to watching the show, not risking browsing anything on the web. However, if they reaaaaally want to know something or want someone to clarify what happened in X scene, they will risk cheking the Wiki. The difference with the previous case is that they’re not that mad at being spoiled. Of course it bothers them, but it doesn’t make them any less excited about watching the show.
3- The “I’d rather not be spoiled, but if I do it’s not the end of the world”
These viewers don’t care about spoilers that much and they often adapt a more passive attitude. Sure, it’s better if they find out everything for the first time, but they also value the “being spoiled experience”. Maybe they notice how to characters keep staring at each other so they will get the urge to google their names to check if they will actually become a couple. Or maybe a character is in a really bad situation and they want to check if they end up dying or not. If they see a spoiler, they’re not that bothered by it because they know they will also have fun watching the show and wondering when and how will the thing happen. In anime, these are the kind of people who always go to the manga readers to ask them about future events if they really can’t wait anymore.
4- The “I CAN’T WAIT, TELL ME EVERYTHING”
Why watch a lot of non-eventful episodes when you reeeeeally can’t wait to know if a character dies or achieves a certain thing? These are the type of people who check everything on the story before even getting to the show. It’s similar to when a person can’t wait to read the book so they go straight to the last page to check if there’s a happy ending. After making sure that nothing happens (or that something does), they can finally watch the show in peace without having to worry about something unexpected happening. These people generally hate suspense, tension and strong emotions. They want to make sure that there won’t be big surprises during the story.
Another factor that comes into play here is how much you like that show and, therefore, how much would you mind being spoiled. There’s no point in being mad at someone spoiling something about a show you’re not even planning to watch, after all.