I thought about this after writing my Inception review, and I tend to play loose and fast with spoilers. If I think there’s a good chance that some or most of my audience has already seen something (like Inception, for instance) I prefer to talk about the things in question (adventure, movie, video game) thoroughly and/or critically. I don’t like to waste too much time worrying about whether my audience has or hasn’t seen something, it just makes more sense if they have. :/

Not ’cause I’m cruel or anything — it’s annoying and difficult to talk around a subject without giving away parts of the story, and I’ve encountered so many very different levels of sensitivity when it comes to people, and what they consider a spoiler… I’m sensitive, but for hell’s sake, have some common sense and realize that spoilers happen. It doesn’t make me a bad person if I spoil something.

It’s difficult to spoil something for me because I tend to notice details and have enough experience that I can anticipate stuff; I’m usually more surprised when I predict a plot element that isn’t used, rather than “surprise! We did this new thing you weren’t expecting.” I don’t really enjoy things that way (I know some people live for surprises). If you’re curious, here’s a great article about enjoying things by thinking about them, on TVtropes, or the original article on Racialicious.