April 16, 2009 6:32am CST
My partner and I have been reading the Harry Potter books recently, and in volume 2 some idiot wrote in the margin that Harry marries (name withheld) in the last book, which sort of spoils it all for the next reader. Then there are the fools who have to tell you the ending of movies or books. There are some here on Mylot, who feel it necessary to start discussions on who killed (JR, for instance) or which character is going to get killed or leave a show, completely ignoring the fact that in some countries the vital episode won't be seen for weeks or even months. What do you think is an appropriate punishment for these spoilsports? Lash
16 Apr 09
It's interesting that you bring up something like this because my Wife and I have been having a bit of a battle on that front lately! She's just finished reading the Twilight series of books by Stephanies Meyer, but I haven't had the chance to read them yet. She of course wishes to discuss the storylines, I of course don't want to have the story ruined for me before I get the chance to read them myself..... I'd be damn annoyed to find a spoiler like that written in the margin of a book I was reading. I reckon a befitting punishment would be to make them eat an entire set of Encyclopedia Britannica! They seem so enamoured with words to the point of offering them up to everyone else in this manner, then let them eat a crapload of 'em! And when it comes to movies, they should be strapped to a chair with their eyes held open like in Clockwork Orange and then made to watch the "Top 100 WORST movies of all time!" back to back..... They can then submit a dissertation of no less that 100,000 words explaining WHY each of these movies deserved to be in the top 100. Once they'd handed in the dissertation, we'd of course make them eat THAT too.
17 Apr 09
I was thinking in terms of boiling oil, but your punishments are so much more appropriate. When sharra starts talking about the books she's reading, which she gets after I finish them, I just give noncommittal hums - "I think the butler did it" just gets a bland, "Do you think so?" In fact, the butler did do it, but I ain't tellin' her nuttin'. Sometimes I'm so sanctimonious I could spit. Maybe I should take up painting pianos in oils. Lash
17 Apr 09
Well if you're going to paint piano's in oils, then make sure they're Grand Piano's and you have small Religious icons placed strategically throughout. Try to include many different representations too, so you can really confuse the crap out of anyone trying to interpret the paintings.
19 Apr 09
lol! I wouldn't add anymore punishment as eating the britanica is punishment enough. On my part though, i don't really mind knowing the ending or who killed who, when i'm reading i'm more interested in the how rather than the what. So what i would really hate most is that person scratching off a line and substituting theirs. It's like book fraud! and that deserves getting the punishment of letting them hear that irritating scratching noise while they themselves are scratching their nails on rough stoneslab. ugh!
18 Apr 09
Yes I think it was book 2. Sadly I have not forgotten it the way I forget most things but I was not all that surprised. Thinking back on it now I have to assume that who ever wrote that comment, and it was not the only comment they wrote, must have read all 7 and be re reading the books since this event does not take place until the final story. I think it is a shame that some people spoil the endings of books. I also think that is is sad that some people have no problem writing in books that do not belong to them. These are library books that I read and yet I come across numerous notes. There was one series where a reader did not like the words the author had used and they crossed them out and changed them. That was annoying but not as bad as spoiling a story. I like surprises but I also enjoy re reading a book when I know what happens and just enjoying the journey again.