Spine Spoilers, Story Secrets, And Whether It Still Matters

Victor’s Village has never been a spoiler-free zone. In fact, we relish in our spoiler discussion. It’s pretty freakin’ awesome ’round here! However, when it comes to most of the media covering the Hunger Games outside fandom-related websites and forums, we’d still like to think most sites and media outlets are relatively spoiler-free. It’s not that they won’t discuss or hint, but they’ll probably give a warning so you’re not diving into unwanted information. That way, someone who finally, FINALLY decides to delve into the series can have a relatively fresh start and experience everything the same way many of us did: Laughing, crying, gasping, and otherwise freaking out because

WHAT THE HELL WAS HAPPENING?!

But that seems to be changing.

Imagine the facepalming that ensued when Crystal from Jabberyjays.net pointed out the brand new Scholastic UK editions of the series, complete with a major spoiler right on the spine of the Mockingjay cover:
HUNGER-GAMES-BOOKS

Quick note that we love these covers! Between them and the luxury editions in Australia and New Zealand, our jealousy of foreign editions grows by the day.

But effectively, Scholastic is spoiling their own damn series for newbies. I know it’s hard to believe that people with little knowledge still exist, especially with the success of the films, but THEY’RE OUT THERE, MAN. Sure, the District 12 line was at the end of the Catching Fire movie, but not everyone saw (or paid attention) to that, necessarily. So if you’ve only seen or read Book One and you see that Mockingjay spine, you can safely assume that a) District 12 gets obliterated or b) District 12 is a figment of Katniss’ imagination, the latter of which just seems too damn far fetched. Aaaaaand there’s a major plot point!

Do we wish they had read the books by now? YES. EVERYONE SHOULD BECAUSE THEY’RE AWESOME. Are we going to hate on them for considering the books a little later in the game by shaming them for probably not being much of a reader? NOT TODAY.

Still, at this point, it seems like the large majority of people are very well-read (or well-watched, should we say?) on at least a chunk of the series. As such, it seems like information that’s technically a spoiler gets released pretty nonchalantly these days, almost as if to say to outsiders “Well, if you wanted to discover this on your own sometime, too bad. It’s your own damn fault for not doing it sooner.”

It’s not just The Hunger Games, of course. For instance, I’ve never seen Game of Thrones, but I can give you a pretty solid synopsis of all the major plot points on Game of Thrones. And because of this, I strangely feel LESS compelled to ever catch up on the show despite friends raving about it. Sure, knowing and experiencing are two different things, but knowing does take some of the fun out of experiencing it all. There’s this feeling that I’m too far “behind” and un-surprised by in everything for it to really matter.

So even though a huge amount of people can practically quote The Hunger Games books and movies, there’s still some value to keeping things relatively spoiler-free when possible. Again, we don’t really expect this from fansites and forums because the whole purpose of them is to thoroughly cover the series, but blatant spoilers elsewhere are pretty sucky. Because who knows how many potential fans won’t bother trying to get into the series now that they’re learning too much?

Or Are We Too Hopeful That New Fans Will Still Arise?
The Girl With The Pearl

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7 comments

  1. I love these new editions, well, the Catching Fire only. I agree with spoiling the books would damage the reading experience of a person. In my experience, yes, I was spoiled with a very major plot point in Mockingjay and I’m still reading Hunger Games back then! I guess I wandered too far on the Internet.

  2. Of course one shouldn’t expect everyone to have read the book!! That argument provokes me to no end. Have you read every popular book ever published? Have you seen every popular TV show ever on air? Didn’t think so! I’m watching Dexter on Netflix now, because I didn’t have the time before. OF COURSE I would hate to get spoiled.
    Btw those covers look utterly awful, so this will in general be a hated edition on my part.

    1. It’s amazing how, even though you seem to be agreeing with me on most points, it still seems like you’re ready to rip my face off LOL

      As for the covers, the funky neon look is definitely polarizing but I really dig the fresh, fun design as an ALTERNATE edition. If they were the originals, I’d be alarmed.

      1. Ok. I see I could have been more precise and not used the word “you”, because I was referring to people in general and not you as writer of the post. I do agree with you with the exception of the look of the covers. Spoilers ARE ok on fansites, but the argument that it’s ok to spoil in general because the book has been out for long just makes me so fricking MAD lol. I misdirected my anger though, sorry about that.

  3. Gasp! I can’t believe they did that!

    BTW, I was just in the bookstore and looks like Scholastic has a completely different new edition here in the US with these tone on tone shiny covers with the mockingjay in the circle, instead of the familiar red cover with gold and black accents (for The Hunger Games). They are kinda stylin’ and look more slick than the original.

  4. I remember there was a big stink about Mockingjay before, do you guys remember it? I believe it was in the form of huge Kindle ads at bus stops that plastered the opening page of Mockingjay all over the place, spoiling the hell out the previous book! XD

  5. I think spoiler warnings are basic fan etiquette, but on the other hand I was spoiled to many GOT developments before I started watching the show and I still enjoyed the show (well, until this season), and as it turned out they changed so many elements from the book that I couldn’t predict everything, anyway. (Ironic thing about GOT is that most likely, the TV show will wind up spoiling the book ending…)

    I myself do try to include spoiler warnings if it’s easy to do so, even for classic literature, but I must admit that some websites make it easier to avoid spoilers than others. I agree that “There is no District 12” does seem too spoilery for me. The books had been out for years before I knew anything about them, and certainly I wouldn’t have liked such a spoiler myself.

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