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Apparently there's some antagonism going on between the spoiled and the unspoiled "Buffy" fans. Sigh. Don't people have anything more important to worry about?

I've been spoiled in the past. I completely understand the desire to know what's going to happen. I still get tempted to read spoilers and restrain myself only because I did not enjoy the end of last season as much as I would have if I were unspoiled. I didn't enjoy the feeling of watching an episode while thinking, "Oh, okay, now next I guess we'll have that scene where such-and-such is going to happen and so-and-so says whatchamahooey." It took the fun out of it for me.

But that's just for me. I'm not going to tell you what should be fun for you.

I'm choosing to avoid any and all spoilers this season, even if they are only my friends' emotional reactions to the spoilers. I mean, I know which of you are big Spike fans, I know which of you are big Spuffy 'shippers ... if you get all excited or depressed about a spoiler, and express that emotion outside of an LJ-cut ... well, I'm a smart gal. I'll be able to draw some conclusions.

So I don't make a value judgment (except in a completely joking manner, which I will probably avoid doing in the future) about whether folks are spoiled or not. You're all neat people. Just wanted to be clear on that score.

Now I'm feeling all sad that people (on either side) are feeling judged or guilty or resentful or whatever, because of something so unimportant. If I contributed to that, I wish I hadn't. Sigh.



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Apr. 6th, 2003 06:47 pm (UTC)
Antagonism? Why? I don't want to antagonize anybody, I just want to be unspoiled. I certainly don't judge people for reading spoilers. I was a total spoiler ho last year. Live and let live, I say.
Apr. 6th, 2003 08:10 pm (UTC)
I'm not sure exactly what's going on, but I've seen reference to antagonism in a couple of journals on my friends list. I think people in all areas of life sometimes get caught up in a mindset that says, "My way is the right way." I know I do it without noticing sometimes, no matter how much I might try not to. I figure that's probably what's been going on here.
Apr. 6th, 2003 07:23 pm (UTC)
There's always those few 'militarilistic' fans that cause trouble and hurt feelings among sides. I'm with you, the only episode I was unspoiled for last season was the final ones, and that was only because I wasn't really a part of any fan base at that time and didn't ponder spoilers too much. And I gotta say, I loved seeing Giles show up again and not having any idea he was going to be there! It rocked. I'm going spoiler free cause I don't want to know. I want to be optimistic about the ending for as long as I can be. But I certainly don't mind other people reading spoilers so long as they don't spam me with those spoilers!
Apr. 6th, 2003 08:14 pm (UTC)
Yep, my thoughts exactly. I have no problem with anyone writing whatever they like in their own journals, whether it's behind an LJ-cut or not. But I don't want to read anything that might spoil me.

I mean, I write a lot of stuff here in my journal that some people don't want to read. And if I write stuff they don't want to read, then they should unfriend me. I wouldn't take that unfriending as any sort of criticism or indication that I should change what I'm writing. I feel the same way about spoiler stuff. If people want to read and write about spoilers, then they should. That doesn't mean everyone *must* read about it. No judgment on either side.

As long as no one is writing spoilers in comments on my own journal entries, it's all good. :)
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