Thursday, July 19, 2007 [ 11:34 AM ]
SPOILERS ARE KILL JOYS
I really don’t know what spoilers get from spoiling a movie, an event or a book by telling the world what will or will not happen in the end.
As the most awaited release of the final installment of the Harry Potter series comes close (just more than a day left and counting) many book spoilers are roaming around the web today claiming that they managed to hack Jo’s computer. They have spread themselves to fan sites and forums telling about what will happen in the book.
They have the right to do that of course but what can they get from it? Now come to think of it, they don’t have the right. The book is covered by copyright restrictions and any unauthorized distribution of it, partial or full, is punishable by law. The only thing I think they can get from it is spending years behind bars, at least ideally.
As Jo said in her website, there is no point spoiling the book. It will not prevent readers from buying it but it will just lessen the fun of finding out what will happen as you read it. In her latest update, Jo called for book fans to keep the secret of the Deathly Hollows intact until its release on the 21st.
“We are almost there! As launch night looms, let's all, please, ignore the misinformation popping up on the web and in the press on the plot of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. I'd like to ask everyone who calls themselves a Potter fan to help preserve the secrecy of the plot for all those who are looking forward to reading the book at the same time on publication day. In a very short time you will know EVERYTHING!”
Before, I like spoilers, particularly movie spoilers because I’m not going to watch them anyway so might as well know what will happen at least. But now I hate it. Just imagine the long wait we’ve had then it will just be spoiled by people who don’t have anything to do but to ruin the excitement.
I am not referring to those people whom you personally know and excitedly tell the story of a movie or a book they’ve just seen or read. Its personal matters. What I am referring to are those people whom you don’t even know and insist to tell you something you don’t want to hear.
If they are getting money from that I don’t know. They can have predictions alright and they can even post their spoilers on their sites. But to post it in an ordinary fan site where almost anyone who goes there can accidentally read it is foul. Some sites’ forums and comments sections are not regulated so it will be too late before readers know that what they are reading is a spoiler.
Let me say what I think about this people. Maybe they are those being bullied at school in their kindergarten and belong to the “they-have-no-friends-because-they-are-nerds-group”. They are those who always envy happy people because they can’t be happy themselves. Kill joys on the loose.
(As a precautionary move against the inconsiderate spoilers, Mugglenet temporarily closed their interactive site until Tuesday)