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04 December 2010 @ 12:57 pm
Castle Spoiler Vent  
Okay, if you don't mind I just need to get my feelings out in a place where there is no character limit. I mean, Twitter and chats are nice and all, but there's only so much you can say there. Plus, with all the spoiler people, sometimes you feel like the odd one out and I just need to vent on neutral territory.

I completely understand why ABC and other companies release spoilers, sneak peeks, and all that info for future episodes: To create hype. Clearly, that tactic works. What I would be curious to see is how many people are actually like me and try to avoid spoilers at all costs.

This would be much easier if it were not for the fact that I have OCD (Obsessive Castle Disorder) and need to share my love for Castle and be around fellow Castle fans. But at the same time, I am going spoiler-free for Castle, something, which I have learned, is hard to do when you have OCD. There's like, no safe place to go to talk with Castle friends and not potentially be spoiled. The tabloids are everywhere, let's face it: There is no getting around them in any way.

So why do I need to share and type this all out? Well, quite frankly, there are two types of spoiler people. Let's just label them considerate and not considerate.

The considerate people are the ones I am willing to hang around, since they realize that not everyone wants to know of spoilers, so they keep their mouth shut around people like me. They have simple respect for others, which I truly appreciate, as it's hard enough to find others who are spoiler-free, though there are more of us than you might think.

The people that drive me nuts are the non-considerate people. These people just loveloveLOVE to talk spoilers and never take into consideration that others may NOT want to hear that information. They just blab on and on about it with absolutely no censor button. These are the people that drive me nuts every time a new spoiler comes out.

Now, because I am a considerate fan, I will not share this spoiler at all in this post, which makes it safe for all Castle people to read.

Why can't human beings just have some respect and decency for one another when it comes to spoilers? Yes, ABC and other networks do it for all the hype, as I said earlier, but what I don't think many people realize is that some of their viewing audience does not want to know this information.

Now, some of you may be reading this, wondering: Why is she coming to all these conclusions in this manner? Why doesn't she consider those who love spoilers and such? Let me tell you, I did go to that side. I did spoil myself for one episode. And you know what? I hated it. I hated watching the episode knowing what parts I had seen early. That ruined the episode for me. So, from then on out, I vowed to go spoiler-free. Next episode I saw without spoilers, I absolutely loved and enjoyed myself. Why? Because it was a surprise. So if you think this is just a mindless attack on blabmouth spoiler people, consider this: I was you once for an episode. I know the thrill that can come from seeing all that information ahead of time, making you excited to see the episode. In fact, I'm surrounded by it.

Just once, I think it would be interesting if absolutely no spoilers were released for just one episode and see what happens. I know, I know, it would kill just about every person who says they live on spoilers, but at the same time, I kind of want them to get a taste of how I go through Castle every week.

Why is it that spoilers are so highly valued? Do some of these people just hate surprises in life? Because I think surprises make life beautiful. You can't know what's to come every single second of your life, so you might as well accept that no matter how much you try and be in control, you are not in complete control of every second of your life. Yes, spoilers are just one aspect you can have control over, but consider this: I choose to not be spoiled, just like most people choose to be spoiled. It's a choice in life, and I just want simple respect for that.

It makes me sick knowing that some people could care less about what others might think. They are just too selfish to see that not everyone in life is just like them, not everyone wants to be spoiled. I mean, just think about it: If consideration were given to each and every person who did not want to see spoilers, then there would be no need for brain bleach and even this entry in my practically dead journal. This is eating inside of me so much that I just needed to get it out.

This all started with a spoiler, actually, that I have been wanting to have happen on the show. Yes, for those of you who are spoiler-freaks, I have been wanting to see this happen. But at the same time, I didn't want to know when it was going to happen; I want to be surprised, in the moment, when it happens on the show. That's why I don't do spoilers, and that's why I need to type all this out. What some fans fail to realize, plain and simple, is that there are so many different kinds of fans. Heck, there are fans who don't ever go on the Internet! We really represent a small population who watch the show, and I feel part of a very small minority.

Another thing that bugs me: Spoiler fans who don't list the information as such! I hate that the most. Not only does this show they think the information is okay, but they don't even filter it for people like us. With those people, it's often too late for non-spoiler people before they figure out they have been spoiled, which is the most tragic thing. What's even weirder is that some of those articles are labeled as such, and then the others are written by people non-spoiler fans recognize as spoiler writers anyways.

I just feel like, for the most part, non-spoiler people are left to their own devices to filter stuff when most members of the other party don't even help out. Surprise surprise! Spoilers are a two-way street, and they work best when both parties are considerate of one another!

These feelings all started over towards the end of S2 earlier this year, and only escalated again after this most recent spoiler. That is why I need to type all this out.

So, for those of you reading this, I actually do have something to ask of you: Please be considerate that not everyone likes spoilers. If you are talking with someone new to the show, and don't know their spoiler policy, just ask! It only takes a few seconds to save their world. If you know this person and are unsure of their policy, again, just ask! Finally, if you do want to talk about spoilers in a more public place, label it as such. It will save everyone's life in the long run.

EDIT: Okay, I know I am not the only one who feels this way about spoilers, having heard some feedback from people in general on the issue, including in relation to the most recent spoiler. I know there are no comments, but I have my ways that I talk with fellow fans.

So, if you feel a need to let ABC know what they are doing is not okay, feel free to contact them here: http://abc.go.com/site/contact-us They won't know they are hurting us until we actively tell them and take a stance!

Also, if you are a member of the ABC Studio Advisory Panel, let them know too! The more we hit them from all angles, the better they will understand how devastating spoilers can truly be.
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