Thursday, July 26, 2007


In every sense of the word, The Straits Times spoils things.

With all the millions spent in secreting the ending to Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, The Straits times Spoiler Central has seen fit to reveal EVERYTHING about the book in an article talking about the franchise's future, without even the common (internet) courtesy of indicating that there be spoilers ahead. A mere 5 days after the book was launched, the front page of the Straits Times piece of crap lauded the ending of the book as did the life section of the newspaper glorified toilet paper. The article inside basically dissected the book and revealed all like it was Christmas at a strip joint.

In the spirit of staying spoiler free, I embargoed all discussions of the book in classes (as much for my benefit as well as students who try to stay spoiler free) and
thankfully managed to complete the book before said article message from the hell that bad writers end up in appeared on my front doorstep. I'm pretty sure that there were victims that succumbed to the assault as they innocently flipped open the papers and were viciously beaten senseless by the product of inconsiderateness upon gazing on the upper fold of the front page.

Spoilers should come with warnings. The article should have come in a special sealed section. People should have a right to enjoy the books / movies / plays they want to enjoy without some moron yelling out the ending. At the very least, they should have a right to cover their ears.

The Harry Potter series had little going for it more than plot and character. It doesn't boast the best writing. If you're going to give away the plot, what really is there left to enjoy? It wouldn't hurt to let people know that you're effectively going to spoil their reading of the book by giving it all away.

After all, it's just common courtesy.


Blogger Grace said...

YES I WAS SO ANNOYED WHEN THE FRONT PAGE SAID THAT HARRY DOESN'T DIE WHEN WILL THEY REALISE THAT 'STILL ALIVE AT THE END OF THE SERIES' ALSO COUNTS AS A SPOILER?!?! Especially since quite a few people also expected Harry to die. But other than knowing his 'happy ending' I remain spoiler free! Yey!

Sun Jul 29, 09:50:00 pm 2007  
Blogger Packrat said...

Uhm...notice that I went for the spoiler free gripe? :)

Sun Jul 29, 09:58:00 pm 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree totally. I wrote to the journalist and received an apology from her and Sumiko Tan, 'Life' editor. Their reasoning was that they thought everyone who was interested would have read it in five days! They said that after my email they realised this couldn't be true.
But if they thought they weren't spoiling it for anyone then why put a spoiler warning on the inner page? Basically thoughtless behaviour.

But it's too late once the cat is out of the bag.

Tue Aug 14, 01:32:00 am 2007  
Blogger Packrat said...

Well...nothing good ever came out of the Straits Times. I wish we had real newspapers with real journalists.

Wed Aug 15, 04:01:00 pm 2007  

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