We scored big time at the bookstore a few weeks ago when we found The Geek Handbook. Talk about a perfect match! We consider the word “geek” to be a compliment around here. My son declared it one of his all-time favorite books. Sadly, the book is not at all about Sheldon (from The Big Bang Theory) as the cover might suggest. It is about the guidelines that geeks (and non-geeks) should follow. I’m going to refer to this book occasionally here on this blog because it’s got some great stuff in it.
Today’s geek lesson is all about NOT spoiling tv shows/books/movies and other such things. I feel it is my personal responsibility to share this information with you since I’m still upset that I have seen actual names of those who have died on Downton Abbey – a show which I have not yet had the time to watch! Seriously? Why must people do that? Oh, and I won’t even bring up what my brother did to my Mom when we were all reading the last Harry Potter book. Ok, I will…he asked her if she “had gotten to the part where so-and-so died?” She screamed “NO!” and has never forgiven him. lol! Just kidding (sort of) on the forgiving part.
This guide was included in the Geek Handbook, and I honestly think this information should be required reading for all humans.
When discussing TV shows, movies, video games, or anything else that could be spoiled, be mindful of said spoilers. Nothing is ruder than spoiling the big twist at the end of a game/movie/season. If you ever wonder what’s considered good spoiler decorum, consult the following chart:
Episode of a TV show: Two weeks after first airing
Series finale of a show: Four weeks or more after first airing, depending on the type of show
Series finale: One or two months after first airing
Ending of a movie: Three to six weeks after premiere
Ending of video game: Four to eight weeks, depending on game length
Ending of a book: Three to five months, depending on length of book and whether the ending is crap
Honestly, I think the rules for all of these things should be NEVER, unless you’ve cleared it with the people who will hear or see the spoiler. At the very least, just put “spoiler alert” in bold letters and then wait a few sentences before actually revealing anything. In these days of watching shows on Netflix, iTunes, etc., I think it’s a necessity. Plus, I know a lot of people who only watch movies at home.
I hope you’ve enjoyed today’s geek lesson. Many thanks to Alex and his new handbook!
P.S. If you are interested in reading The Geek Handbook, just keep in mind that there are a few minor swear words and some references to adult “relations”, but it is all handled tastefully. I would suggest the book is best for older teenagers and adults.