Greg and I are polar opposites when it comes to knowing the end to a book or movie. I mean, POLAR.
He doesn’t want to hear the tiniest reveals, rumors, or doubts. He wants the story to unfold in its own time.
I LOVE SPOILERS. I do! I can’t help it. I will often read the last chapter of a book just to see if the people I started liking in the first chapter are still there.
I realize I’m in the minority here, a pariah in society, a misfit among civilized people. I’m unloved, unclean, and untouchable because I actively seek out spoilers. That’s okay. I’m very good at keeping my mouth shut. I don’t want to learn spoilers to spoil it for anyone else. It’s strictly for my gratification.
For me, knowing the end isn’t the reward of the story. The reward is dissecting how the story got there. I like getting into the author’s mindset. What made them choose this path and not the other? Why did the innocent so-and-so have to die, but the bad guy gets away with murder? I like disseminating the psychology behind the story.
It’s not something I developed when I started writing my own stories either. I’ve been this way since I was a kid. Knowing who got killed in a horror story (which I tried to avoid like the plague) helped me not be so scared of the actual murder. It’s a sort of coping mechanism. And yet, I can enjoy the story even knowing the ending.
My ultimate reward is the ride. It’s about how the author got me from here to there.
Which brings me to Avengers Endgame.
We haven’t seen it yet. Discount day is Tuesday where we live, so if the lines aren’t too long we’ll try to catch it tomorrow or next week. I’ve been tracking rumors (and now spoilers) since the last movie ended.
I have not mentioned a single spoiler to Greg. I can’t wait until we see the movie. Not because I don’t have to keep him in the dark, but because we can finally share and compare our thoughts on the movie.
One of the very first movies we ever saw together as a couple was 2001: A Space Odyssey. We talked for HOURS at our favorite pizzeria in Chicago.
We argued points, shared insights, and discussed the science behind the movie. It was the first time a guy I was dating was actually interested in my analysis of a story. I kind of think it’s what made me fall in love with him. You have to love a guy who thinks what you say is interesting.
Since then, we’ve analyzed many other novels and movies. We don’t always reach the same conclusions, but that’s what makes it fun. It broadens our perspective. Soon we can add Endgames to that list.
Who’s seen Endgame? Did it meet your expectations? Did you re-watch Infinity War before you saw Endgames?
I won’t ask you how you feel about spoilers. I know I’m in the minority. 🙂
I think it’s mean to spoil a movie for people who like their stories untainted, but you never have to worry with me. And in 24 hours, it won’t matter anyway. (Fingers crossed.)
Do you have a favorite Marvel movie?