Before the Harry Potter final book “Harry Potter and the deathly hallows” came up, there have been many spoilers surfacing on the internet. This is not the first time that people have been putting spoilers on the internet.
The word spoilers come from the word spoil, which I presume, hints at spoilers spoiling the reader’s fun and excitement of reading the book.
This brings me to my first question: If the spoilers are not true, are they considered spoilers? Well, some may claim that since the spoilers arn’t true, then how can it spoil the story for the readers? After all, the readers may be pleased in the end to find out that those spoilers are false. However, my personal belief is that all spoilers spoil the fun and excitement for all of us because we read the book with a belief that this and that happened in the story.
Next, I wonder, why do people put spoilers on their blog or website? They either put a bold spoilers!!! before all the spoilers information, or they put up a link to say SPOILERS here.
Now, if you do this, won’t you be tempting the reader to click the spoilers? No matter how you justify that “I don’t want to spoil the story for you”, you are still just merely tempting people to read the spoilers. So the 2nd question is, does putting spoilers links up tempt people to read them? I believe yes, to a certain extent. However, the responsiblity to decide whether to read the spoilers or not lies solely on us readers itself. It would be very unfair to put the blame on the people who added the spoilers to their blogs or websites as ultimately, we are ones who were tempted.
I don’t know about my readers, but I feel that I should not put spoilers up anywhere at all as it really does spoil the story for everyone.