miss_s_b: (geekiness)
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The lovely [personal profile] ruthct21 commented on a post of mine yesterday (more in sorrow than in anger, I think) that she was going to have to avoid reading my stuff if I wasn't more careful about spoilers for Doctor Who, as she's somewhere in South America and hasn't seen the new episode yet. This came as something of a surprise to me, because I thought I had been pretty careful about spoilers when posting about Doctor Who... But then it occurred to me that Ruth and I might have very different definitions of what constitutes a spoiler. SO:

Poll #18215 What counts as Spoilers?
This poll is closed.
Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: Just the Poll Creator, participants: 47

What counts as Spoilers?

An episode of X show was on
0 (0.0%)

An episode of X show was on and I liked/disliked it
2 (4.3%)

An episode of X show was on and A, B, and C characters appeared in it
17 (36.2%)

An episode of X show was on and it resolved a cliffhanger from a previous episode (without saying HOW it resolved the cliffhanger)
5 (10.6%)

An episode of X show was on and it resolved a cliffhanger from a previous episode in the following way
45 (95.7%)

An episode of X show was on and it contained the following general types of plot device
19 (40.4%)

An episode of X show was on and it had these specific plot points in it
43 (91.5%)

An episode of X show was on and this is EVERYTHING THAT HAPPENED IN IT
45 (95.7%)

An episode of X show was on and it didn't involve enough ticky boxes and that makes me sad.
22 (46.8%)

Date: Monday, April 17th, 2017 10:41 am (UTC)
dancefloorlandmine: (Constantine)
From: [personal profile] dancefloorlandmine
There was always a rush to hit 'Stop' on Dr Who before they did the "in the next episode" trailer, which would almost always reveal major plot elements of the next episode. In some cases, knowing what the monster-of-the-week is will actually be a spoiler - e.g. if they're a 'villain-behind-the-curtain' - putting their existence in a trailer or discussion will pretty much negate the "wonder who the villain is" sense of wonder.

My partner always avoids trailers, discussion of episodes, etc - she wants to see each episode tabula rasa, so as to discover it second-by-second. Much like when you're reading a book, and discover the plot word-by-word. (Books that reveal major plot points in the back cover copy are bloody annoying, too.)
(Except if it stars Liam Neeson, and bad things happen to him, because, especially in Next Of Kin, he looks like her husband did when they met. Also, if bad things happen to animals.)

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