Not just like a normal person; I’m a massive spoiler-phobe, I avoid spoilers at all costs. It almost makes it difficult to live everyday life, when I’m so set on avoiding even the tiniest spoiler.
Obviously, there’s the normal stuff. Don’t tell me the ending, or any of the relationships, or anything that doesn’t happen within the first chapter. Surely that’s a spoiler no matter who you are, right? That’s when I stop being a normal person. I don’t actually want to know anything that even happens in the first chapter. I only want to know the blurb, and even then I don’t read the blurb once I’ve added it to my TBR. The first sentence involves a cat? Nope, too much, I can’t know she owns a cat!!! What if that cat turns out to be one of the most important characters in destroying the evil aliens?
With movies, it’s even worse. I vaguely hear about a movie, deem it good enough to watch, and that’s that. I don’t watch the trailer; I literally don’t want to know anything about the film. Unless I’m forced into it through the ads before the movie I’m seeing, I never watch trailers. I don’t want to know anything.
And yes, my friends think I’m absolutely insane. They can’t understand it at all. I get made fun of a lot for it, to the point where my friends actually spoil a whole bunch of stuff for me just to laugh. It’s incredibly frustrating, especially knowing I’m the only one that hates spoilers that much. Example; I was given a run-down of all the characters in the game we were playing in class, so I went in with pre-established ideas. Even “they all die or they almost all survive” is a spoiler, because it tells me a little bit about how much I can actually control. I was told how I should feel about the characters, meaning I don’t get that chance to decide how I actually feel about them myself. Do I hate this character, or did I hate them before I walked into the room?
The worst thing about that is that a spoiler can really ruin a movie or book for me. If I know that Bob and Susan end up together by the end of the movie, I actually won’t watch the movie. Sure, it’s about saving the world, the romance is a tiny part of it; but why should I watch it when I know part of the ending? Having a spoiler, no matter how small, can actually ruin the entire experience for me, or ensure I don’t get the experience at all. I can’t care at the near-death experiences, because I know those two get their happily ever afters at the end.
Am I crazy, or am I not alone? Is anyone else as intense as I am? Please let me know!