Sunday Discussion: How Spoiled Do You Want to Be?
by Alex Billington
May 11, 2008
Over the last few days I've received countless e-mails from people sending in the alleged Harvey Dent / Two Face photo from The Dark Knight that is supposedly official. Yes, I've seen it, yes I know what it looks like, but no, I am not going to post it. Why? Because I prefer to keep not only myself, but all of you, as spoiler free as possible. But thankfully these submissions have allowed me to pose this question today - how spoiled do you want to be? I prefer, as an avid moviegoer myself, to remain as spoiler free as possible simply because I believe the experience is enhanced when going in to see a movie with as little knowledge as possible. However, it seems that some of our readers really prefer to see or hear every last juicy spoiler from a movie themselves. What gives?
I really learned a very valuable lesson from Spider-Man 3 last year. I was so excited for the movie, more than I've ever been for anything that I literally got into a mood where I would watch, read, and soak in everything I could - which included every last clip and trailer that came out. When it became time to actually watch the movie, I had literally seen every last action sequence, fight scene, and everything else entertaining in it. What was left were the dull and tedious moments like the dance sequence and other scenes that really brought down the movie. After that travesty last year, I vowed to never over hype myself and thus stay as spoiler free as possible - the way it truly should be for all of you, too!
You have to realize my goal here at FirstShowing.net is not to be just another humdrum movie website that does the exact same as everyone else. Instead, I try to enhance your moviegoing experience in the only ways I know how: building interest and excitement, encouraging high quality theatrical experiences, and keeping everyone as spoiler free as possible. That personal touch is what I really try to bring to FS.net to make it unique. I'm trying to allow everyone to experience movies the way I do. They are my life and I love movies more than almost anything. If at the very least I can give you a glimpse into my own moviegoing experiences, than I've done a good job. That is what FS.net is about and that is why we will always remain as spoiler free as possible.
There are plenty of other websites out there, who I shall not name, that post every last bit of news that hits the web, especially spoilers. I feel like it's their mission to post them with a giant grin on their face and shove as much as they can out in front of the public and ruin the movie. It really depresses me to see this - but some people want spoilers. And that feeling has really begin to hit hard will all of these e-mails about Two Face, especially those coming from long-time readers of the site and friends. I guess I had expected them to share my same spoiler free feelings, but alas that wasn't the case. There are people who want spoilers and there are those who don't - I am, of course, the latter.
Of course, the choice to remain spoiler free or not is entirely up to you and you alone. However, it just nags me when the majority of the readers on the internet prefer to know everything when it is my goal to prevent that. Is it really that important to see and hear everything that hits in the internet, even if it is full of potential spoilers? Have you ever had an experience when you went into a movie with nearly no knowledge of what to expect and was blown away? As much as I'll encourage everyone stay spoiler free, in the end I realize that some people just can't help it. But I'll continue to preach, as much as I can, that the more spoiled you are, the worse the movie will be when you finally see it.