General comment on spoilers:
I added spoilers to Sage Rat’s post, where he reveals the ending of the H.G. Wells’ novel. I agree, it’s difficult to know what to do about classics – after all, the work has been around for a hundred years, and has been done in radio, TV, and movies, and has even been parodied (in that horrible INDEPENDENCE DAY flick)…
I notice that the write-ups and interviews and what-not that I’ve seen so far have studiously avoided asking the question, presumably not to spoil the ending of the new movie. (Note that, even if the new movie doesn’t use Wells’ ending, that revelation would still spoil the surprise for anyone expecting Wells’ ending!)
So, it’s hard to know how to deal with spoilers on classics. My first thought was that every educated person reading the boards will know the Wells’ ending, so when I saw it earlier today, I left it alone. However, it’s been reported, and my second thought is that there’s a new “version” coming out, and many members will see the new movie without having seen the old movie or read the book, so we should use spoiler boxes.
No fault here, just trying to sort through a complicated set of circumstances. On the one hand, we don’t want to spoil plots for people who don’t want their plots spoiled; on the other hand, we need to have a discussion about literature/drama/movies etc without having everything boxed.