Spoiler alert: I don’t hate you for being immune from spoilers; in fact, to the extent that this has actually been empirically tested, the general consensus appears to be that spoilers improve the enjoyment of media.

What is lost to spoilers? Only the shock value of sudden plot twists — in other words, the cheapest and most evanescent emotional effect of the laziest narrative constructions. Media that can be “spoiled” by spoilers is media that isn’t worth repeat viewing, continued thought, or discussion. For everything else, spoilers improve enjoyment.

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