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Let’s face it. This is a long-standing issue that pits us fans against each other. We all know it. There are “spoiler free” fans, “spoiler-holics”, and those who find themselves trapped in the middle.
Personally, I love spoilers. I love building theory (no Castle pun-intended) with my friends, pitching ideas about what we think is going to happen. Although, the Castle writers are so fantastic that most of the time I’m wrong.
Yet, sadly, the “great spoiler debate” has driven a stake between the fans, forcing fans to take up arms against the opposition.
I know, it sounds crazy, right?
But it’s true. Spoiler-free Castle fans find themselves forced to unfollow their friends on twitter, simply because articles and photos and video clips are flying out with no warning. Spoiler-loving Castle fans then loose touch with friends throughout the season, some even feeling criticized by others because they do like such content.
It’s a vicious cycle.
Even though we have a safe haven for spoiler speculation, the issue undoubtedly surfaces again. As fans, and friends, we need to remember this, and be mindful of what we post and what we say.
And that goes for both sides.
To those who are spoiler-free: Please remember to be polite to those of us who are sometimes forgetful. We know we’re all excited about our favorite show, and sometimes that excitement causes us to jump the gun and forget to label “spoiler” posts.
To those who are spoiler-lovers: Please be respectful of our friends who would like to be ‘unspoiled’. When in the CastleTV.net chat room, hole up in the Spoiler Room for discussions, send direct messages on twitter, and post spoiler warnings in forum posts.
Both sides have legitimate cases. And everyone has become dedicated to their preference for the same reason.
We all love Castle.
That’s the bottom line. We all love the show, the characters, the writers, the actors, right? Of course, right.
Some of us find being spoiled exciting. Some of us find not being spoiled exciting. And some of us are perfectly happy to be casual spoiler-viewers.
It’s all about respecting each other. Just because fan A doesn’t agree with fan B, doesn’t give them the right to shoot down their ideas. If fan C is getting excited over article X, they should be allowed to discuss and theorize with fan D without fan E telling them to stop. And if fan F wants to be surprised come Monday night, who is fan G to say that’s not good show support?
At the end of the day the most important thing for us to remember is that we’re all fans. Fans of a fantastic show. And we’re friends because of that. We’re lucky to have each other, and a place to express our opinions. It’s time we all realize that none of us is any better, or smarter, than anyone else, and let everyone have their fun in their own way.
Differences aside, we need to keep watching, keep following, keep being the extraordinary Castle fans we are.