Oh the tap dance we all do these days to avoid posting tripping over spoilers for our favorite shows. AMC felt the wrath of the well-timed spoiler when they posted one about a character death on their The Walking Dead Facebook page an hour before the West coast aired the episode. Another show that often has folks up in arms about spoilers and trying to prevent their book reading friends from spoiling for them is George R.R. Martin and HBO‘s Game of Thrones. Here’s the thing though, Martin doesn’t understand what everyone is so upset about when it comes to spoilers.
Martin recently talked with The Verge on the red carpet at the Season Five Premiere of Game of Thrones and said this:
This whole concept of spoilers is one that I’ve never gotten. Yes, there’s a pleasure when you’re reading a book, or watching a television show — What will happen next? Who will win? Who will lose? But that is by no means the only reason to watch a movie or a television show. It’s not the only reason to read a book.
Martin went on to explain:
I read a lot of historical fiction, you know? I know who won the Civil War — it’s not a spoiler to me. But I can still enjoy Gettysburg, even though I know how the battle came out. I can still enjoy historical fiction about the Wars of the Roses, even though I know who won the Wars of the Roses. And for that matter, I still enjoy watching Citizen Kane every few years even though I know ‘Rosebud’ is the sled. So there — I just gave a terrible spoiler to all the people who haven’t seen Citizen Kane. Rosebud is the sled, but nonetheless, you should still watch Citizen Kane, because it’s incredible!
Now that the HBO series is about to pass where the published books plot lines are, the spoiler shoe is going to be on the other foot. Martin does make some good points, but then it’s not like his unpublished books have been around forever and are common knowledge. Not to mention that a lot of Game of Thrones viewers are not book readers and haven’t read even the first book, let alone five or six. I imagine he’s been so hip deep in fan theories about what is going to happen that he feels most fans spoil it for themselves anyways.
What do you think about his view and stance on spoilers?
Via: The Verge