When Spoilers Become Too Much

Recently there has been a Twitter user that has decided to ruin whole weeks and months’ worth of spoilers for Emmerdale. Before this, he would release pictures and general spoilers that magazines would get a bit early. Now, things have changed. The spoilers being released through this account are detailed, they are purposely being misleading with their spoilers and getting rude after people ask him why he does what he does. His source somehow is letting him know everything, and he has no problem breaking embargos to increase his Twitter numbers.

Why is this a problem? Why is this bad? Read on to learn more!

Why Releasing Full Blown Spoilers Is Bad

Ruins the Surprise

I’m someone who doesn’t mind little clues. Little winks of what is to come. When spoilers spell out the whole scene or entire episode, that ruins everything. What is the point of watching? The point of spoilers is to entice us to watch. When someone spells out exactly what will happen, it ruins everything. What’s the point of watching? Why even give a damn about the show if you are going to tell us everything? It sucks, and I hate when people do this.

For instance, if the Robert and Aaron reunion is spoiled outright that ruins the sparkle and the fun ono not knowing it is coming. What if Nell’s endgame was completely spoiled? It would have been a boring episode. I had a fun time watching all of that unfold. It was fun analyzing all the little things happening that lead to that point. It had a sparkle and sense of fun.  If that were entirely ruined, we wouldn’t have had such a great time.

Effects the Digital/Social Media

The amount of time and affect the team that promotes and writes Emmerdale is numerous. They put a lot of work into the show so the actors and production crew can bring it to us. Spoiling all that hard work is cruel.  The digital and social media team have to build up spoilers and put together their media to entice us to keep watching the show. When spoilers show up and ruin that all that hard work goes out the window. It isn’t fair to them considering they are just trying to do their job.

As someone who went to school for marketing and corporate communications (humble brag), I know how much work goes into planning to promote. It is an intricate plan that is set up weeks in advance.  Along comes some small person running all the hard work? I’d be pissed and upset that all that work is gone and I’d be wondering if the team should even try again if this person will just ruin all that work next month.

Effects Reporters and What They Get Paid to Do

This one is a harder sell, but it doesn’t make it any less relevant. Writers like Duncan Lindsay at The Metro rely on using those small spoilers to write their articles. I’m not a fan of him, but I respect the fact that is his job. When things are ruined that takes away work for him and others and then makes it harder for the show to promote itself outside of social media.  It is choking an avenue of advertisement. It is also making it more difficult for the websites to get those clicks and get us to pay those magazines. In a dying industry, print media fans not buying soap magazines for spoiler’s ruins things for reporters. Jobs disappear. That’s not cool. As much as I hate the British press and the way they promote Emmerdale (Mostly how they write about Robert) I still read it because it gets me thinking about theories and makes me want to see what happens next. Spoilers online ruin that.

Now What?

Some people enjoy spoilers that tell everything. That makes them ready for the worst instead of being blindsided.  Which I understand. I have been blindsided by a lot of drama this past year (on the show and in real life but I can’t control either).  However, I’m going to get all Spock on you right now, the needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few. The many don’t want that type of spoilers, and sometimes one has to make a decision to find those spoilers another way.  I know what you are thinking, ‘Just don’t look!’ or ‘You can’t tell me what to do!’. True. I could block this person. I can keep to myself. However, I know that I will still see the spoilers somewhere else. I also refuse to silence myself to make someone else feel better. I’ve done that a lot in my life and now I’m letting that thinking good now. My words and thoughts matter just as much as anyone else’s in this fandom. I say that spoilers that go too far hurt more than help a fandom get through a storyline. I hope for the fandoms sake this person can move what he does to some other place and let people enjoy the show.

What do you think? Tell me below, tweet me or leave me a message @AmandaJ718! Until fandoms next crisis, I’ll see you all around in Emmerdale.

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Reading the Writing on the Wall: A Mini Rant

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picture credit: Reading Corner

 

Welcome back! Happy almost St. Patrick’s Day. I’m sure you are practicing by getting your green on and drinking some green beer as well (shhh…I won’t tell if you are doing some day drinking).

Speaking of drinking I was thinking about writing and reading.

YES. I know. Bad segue but come on, writers back in the day liked to drink. Ok, Ernest Hemingway liked to drink. I’m getting off topic here.

I recently watched a YouTube video (surprise) where two guys were just talking, and one said that he was kicked out of his creative writing class because he told the teacher he didn’t enjoy reading. The other guy argued that he would be a better writer because he wasn’t influenced by other styles of writing since he was a reader.

I wanted to consider what this person is saying. I wanted to see the other side but I cannot. I believe that reading is essential to becoming a good writer.

As someone who has enjoyed writing all her life, I took offense to this. I practically came out of the womb reading and writing. I enjoyed reading about people who were different from me. I learned a lot from reading beyond what was taught in school. Not only did reading open my eyes but also helped shape how I wrote.

Writing is one of the most calming activities I did as a child and as an adult. Learning to structure how I wrote came from all those books I had read. Yes, they teach you have to write in school but it is cut and dry. Academic. Fiction writing is a different animal. You need to learn how to throw out the rules to create a great story that you enjoy writing and reading yourself.

Understanding different types of writing styles has helped shape my own. To say that reading other styles make you a copycat is complete stupidity. Knowing and understanding how different styles work helps you realize what works and doesn’t work for your own writing.

I cannot understand how someone who enjoys writing doesn’t enjoy reading. I feel like the two go hand in hand.

What do you think? Leave me a comment below or leave a note on my Twitter.

Until next time, the randomness has ended. Hope you enjoyed.

Rebel Yell: The Anti-Valentine’s Day Blog

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Welcome back! It is officially Valentine’s Day month (just let it happen). I see Hallmark is starting their Valentine’s romantic movie marathons. Romantic comedies are playing everywhere. The hearts, candy, and cards are showing up everywhere.  What am I feeling?

Eh. Not much.

That is what usually happens with me. I start to roll my eyes. I grumble about love being based on Hallmark card sales. I mumble that the Hallmark movies suck. I begin to get louder and make faces at the hearts on my Starbucks cup. I start to make rude noises at the hearts populating the local diner table at lunch.

You see where I am going with this. I have started out excited about Valentine’s Day but slowly become more disinterested to downright irritated by the prospect of Valentine’s Day. The real question is why does this holiday bring these thoughts into my head?

Some might say that it is because I do not have a significant other. True. I do not. However, I never let that that define me as a person. Stop rolling your eyes and telling me I sound like a bad chick lit novel. It is true. I saw my friends, family and acquaintances hate Valentine’s Day as much as me. Mostly because of the responsibility, Valentine’s Day comes with. You are ‘required’ to get the cards, the chocolates, the flowers, the romantic date, the exciting activity, the ring and the proposal.  There are a lot of expectations that come with Valentine’s Day (In my opinion? Valentines Day seems like the worst day to propose. Not special at all).

Some might say that the older I get, the more cynical I get. Some truth to that. The older I get, the more I question those commonly held feelings society has towards love. What is expected of us as we get older? It is anticipated that we find someone. Get married. Buy a house. Have children. All done before we hit our 30’s. I have found that a lot of that is complete BS. Some people do follow that schedule, and that is great. Going to quote the great Amy Poehler, “Good for you but not for me”. I have found that following that preconceived schedule is complete BS. Too bad this time of year everyone is talking about following that plan. It annoys me mostly because what works for one does not work for another.

There are many reasons why I could hate Valentine’s Day.  Do you want to know why I get anti valentine’s day?

Oversaturation. Yes. I’m sick of the oversaturation of Valentine’s Day in the media, retail and my general life. Some of you might be thinking I am a hypocrite. I’m spending a whole month on Valentine’s Day. Aren’t I adding to the oversaturation? No. I am not. This month is going to be based around my ideas of romance and even an international look at love (excited for that week!).  What drives me insane is how every year the same crap shows up in stores and on television. Hearts and candy hearts are everywhere. Nickolas Sparks makes his money this time of year (someone needs to stop him).  All the television movies are the same. Everyone must find their soulmate during this time of year. Why? Every year that is what Hallmark tells me. OH, they should be cowboys or business moguls.

What is wrong with just giving someone you appreciate and adore something nice and leave it at that. I have nothing against romance. I love the idea of having someone to talk to or share your life with. That is not a problem. It is all the pressure society puts on us to follow that simple guide that does not apply in real life. Why on that day do you shower your loved ones with gifts? Why not do that on a random day in July? Why has a specific day to give these flowers out? Why do schools have to push valentine’s day onto its students whos ideas on romance aren’t fully developed yet?

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Obviously, I have a lot of issues with this holiday. What do you think? Are you ok with the holiday or do you share a few of my uh, concerns, with Valentine’s Day?

Let me know in the comments below!

Until next time, the randomness has ended. I hope you enjoyed!