The Weekly GMS: WHAT DO YOU MEAN THAT’S A SPOILER?
GMS stands for “Geek Menstrual Syndrome”. It is the feeling that one is having PMS, onset by experiencing the stupidities of society. While the symptoms of “PMS” can include feelings of tiredness, pain, and weight gain, GMS symptoms are typically less physical than the symptoms of PMS. Possible GMS symptoms include: feelings of confusion, frustration, anger, anxiety and a need to rant/voice your opinions strongly.
This week’s GMS is onset by – spoilers on the internet.
Spoilers seem to be magnetically drawn to me. I don’t know where they come from, I don’t know how I found them, yet they always manage to find me at the worst possible time. Why is this? IT’S ALL BECAUSE OF THE INTERNET. When I was in 4th grade, basically the entire 6th Harry Potter book (the Half-Blood Prince) was spoiled for me. The first thing that I learned after this episode is that you can’t trust a 9 year old to be mature about, well, anything! — and that they rarely understand the importance of surprise plot twists (and keeping them secret).
Since I was young, I’ve always been respectful when it came to spoiling things for other people. You know the phrase, “Treat others the way you want to be treated.”? Well if you don’t want something spoiled for you, don’t spoil it for me! I still remember being dumbstruck (in 4th grade!) when kids would do their book reports live in front of the class, and include CHARACTER DEATHS in their report. Again, what is this lack of respect for plot lines and story telling?
Now, you’re probably thinking, “Aurelia, you’re basing your opinion on 9 year olds! That’s ridicuous!”. *Sigh*…if only that where true.
As my peers matured and the people around me became less interested in blurting out major spoilers, I thought I had reached a point where I could finally read in peace. Well, that didn’t last long.
Thanks to things like fanfiction, wikipedia and forums, I discovered a whole new ‘spoiler paradise’ – INTERNET SPOILERS.
Books, video games, movies, television – You name it, the internet spoiled it for me. Now, that’s not to say that the spoilers I came across spoiled entire plot lines for me. I’ve still managed to enjoy many of the books, video games and media I’ve experienced. But still, THIS NEEDS TO BE ADDRESSED.
With that being said, I am not anti-spoiler. Back when I went through a soap opera phase (ahem…General Hospital) I did read the online spoiler sites and bought the ‘spoiler’ magazines. The only difference is, not only are spoilers part of the soap opera experience, but I was actually LOOKING for the spoilers. What I can’t stand, is harmlessly indulging in some internet trash about you’re favorite new video game or manga, and then suddenly someone decides to just write a major spoiler, WITHOUT A SPOILER WARNING. Even when I write reviews, I try to put spoiler warnings where necessary, or I don’t even include spoilers. Can these ‘spoiler’ people on the internet just show consideration for the many other people surfing the web, and put a WARNING. And when I mean warning, I mean an actual WARNING. Sometimes…ok, rarely…people on forums where put (excuse my french) half-ass spoiler warnings before their post. These lousy spoiler ‘tags’ are normally lowercase, and no effort is put in to make sure there is a gap between the spoilers and the spoiler warning. The best spoiler warnings I’ve seen? When someone types spoilers in all uppercase letters, and then the spoiler is hidden so that you have to highlight the text in order to see the spoiler. You want to see my example? Let me show you the proper format when dealing with spoilers –
I really love it when people comment.
*AURELIADIESEL SPOILER ENDS*
Alright, maybe that was a bad example, but will someone please tell me how I can change the background color of the text in WordPress? I would really like to properly demonstrate this!
Anyways, I think you get the picture. I am proposing a proper STANDARD for spoilers across the internet. This is no different than something like MLA Format, because there is a need for this! I suggest this format be used for ANY type of spoiler ANYWHERE – articles (because yes, even article writers will occasionally spoil their readers!!), forums, blogs, YOUTUBE COMMENTS (yes, I’m looking at YOU, youtube) and more.