by Mike Masnick
Fri, Aug 12th 2011 7:39pm
Might as well put the details upfront in this one: "spoilers" apparently don't "spoil" anything. It's pretty standard these days for people to offer up "spoiler alert" warnings when revealing a surprising twist in a story that some might not have read/seen/heard. However, a new study, that tested a variety of books both with and without key points "spoiled," found that people actually seem to prefer a book if they've been told a spoiler ahead of time. While this surprises me a bit (though I'd never really thought that much about it), it makes sense. While I certainly enjoy books/movies with twists, I've certainly read and seen stories while knowing the twist ahead of time and didn't mind it. Instead, in those cases, I end up paying more attention to how we get to the twist, and looking for foreshadowing and whatnot. I can't recall ever feeling "cheated." There are definitely books and movies with twist endings that took me totally by surprise, which I enjoyed. But I'm not sure I wouldn't have liked them just as much if I'd known the "secret" going in.
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