Confession: Netflix Spoilers turned me into a spoiler addict — here's how
Netflix has released a new site called Spoil Yourself and it is both the most awesome and terrible thing in the world. Find out how it turned one innocent journalist into a spoiler addict in less than a minute.
Confession: I used to hate spoilers
So, how did this stalwart opponent of all things spoilerish become a spoiler addict? It all began with a little site from Netflix. The site is called Spoil Yourself and I will never be the same after viewing it. I watched about 30 seconds (OK, maybe 45 seconds, but who's counting?) and, suddenly, I couldn't get enough.
When you enter the site, the first thing you see is a big warning:
"Spoiler Alert — Behind this door lie some of the biggest spoilers in TV and film. What you are about to see cannot be unseen."
I almost wanted to turn back at that point, but I couldn't help myself and clicked "Enter." From there, you get another warning asking, "Are you sure?"
I took a deep breath and dove in. From there, I was treated to spoilers from TV shows as recent as BoJack Horseman, Revenge, Pretty Little Liars and Scandal, as well as classic TV shows like Lost and even a scene from Breaking Bad.
There were also spoilers from recent films, such as The Hunger Games, as well as classics like Reservoir Dogs and Forrest Gump.
How I became a spoiler addict
Within seconds, I couldn't stop my finger from clicking "See Another Spoiler." I found myself gobbling them up as fast as I could get them to load. In fact, sometimes I clicked through before the scene had even completely finished.
What was it that made the site so addictive? I think there are many reasons. First of all, it wasn't nearly as scary as I thought it would be. For instance, I've never seen an episode of Pretty Little Liars. So, even though I was treated to a "spoiler," the truth is, I still have no idea what I saw. Now, maybe once I do start watching the show, I will, at some point, say to myself, "Oh, my God, there's that girl from that scene. Now I get it!" But right now, I'm still in the dark.
In addition to the spoilers that went straight over my head, there were those that I didn't really care about, plus ones that I already knew (who hasn't seen the bloody ending to Reservoir Dogs?). What would have happened if I'd come across a spoiler that I did understand and hadn't seen yet? I'd like to think I would have closed the site as fast as lightning, but the truth is, I really don't know.
As it turns out, looking at spoilers was a lot more fun than I anticipated and I have a feeling I'm going to be spending spare moments on it from now on. Other people may play games on their phones during their coffee breaks. I will be playing spoiler roulette.
How you can become a spoiler addict, too
I won't deny that hitting "See Another Spoiler" gave me a thrill. What movie or TV show clip was going to come up next? Was I about to see something that would ruin something I've always wanted to watch? Or was I about to see a moment that would remind me of why I loved a particular TV show or movie so much?
It was that thrill that made me enjoy the experience of discovering spoilers. I think Netflix has found the perfect way to deliver them. They have just put them out there, willy-nilly, with no warning as to what's coming next. It made me feel like I was really doing something almost naughty by clicking that button and that's why I couldn't stop.
Have you checked out Netflix's spoilers site? Is it the best or worst thing you've ever seen in your life?