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Spoiling the Plot

I've just read an article on the BBC news website about how some people think it's fine to give away the plot in films or in books. The fate of one of the main characters in the new Bridget Jones saga has been released and fans are furious.

"As well as Psycho, some people think it's fine to give away that scene in The Crying Game or the denouement in The Sixth Sense or the twist in The Sting. It's not fine." (bolding is mine)
Damn right. It's not fine. You wouldn't believe the amount of times I see authors frustrated by the fact that the plot twist they have carefully constructed has been given away by reviewers who reveal too much.

People will go all out to avoid knowing the sports results, or end of series cliff-hanger. But inevitably they are doomed to disappointment. If you watch American shows outside of America (we are often months/years/decades behind), and you use social media, then you have little to no hope of not seeing a passing post about the subject. Even in fandom, a moratorium on discussing the end will only last so long. Avid viewers just have to pull up their big girl panties and avoid all social media - ever - until they see the episode, or accept that details will seep out.

My book about an LGBT homeless lad, The Sky is Dead, has such a plot twist, and I thank each and every reviewer and reader who mentioned there was a twist, and did not say what it was. Fortunately when you're discussing homeless youth, there's plenty of other things to talk about.

My kids have been trained to ask if I mind knowing the details about programmes we watch and I thank them for their good manners. My daughter (permanently attached to the iPad) nearly flies apart at the seams if I don't want to know a spoiler, but she won't tell me if I say no.

All I'm saying is, don't assume people already know the huge twist of the latest novel or blockbuster. They may not know, and giving it away ruins it for both them and also for the person who has taken the time to construct the twist.

Book Three in the The Arches series.

Milo has a history of screwing up his life. He meets David at The Arches gym and realises this is his chance to start afresh.

By some miracle, Milo, Matt’s ex-boyfriend, has managed to hold down his job at The Arches gym, and keep his room in Jimmy’s house, despite being a total slob. But Milo is really bored of cleaning and the menial jobs he does every day. Then David St. Giles walks into the gym, he’s in London for two months and looking for temporary membership. Tall, dark and handsome David has Milo’s dream job as a political lobbyist and the contacts to get Milo finally into the career he’s always wanted.

Milo has a history of using his boyfriends and friends to get what he wants, and Gabe, Matt’s current boyfriend, is determined to warn David away. David doesn’t take the hint and invites Milo out. Milo is attracted to David, even if the man keeps trying to top him. This time he doesn’t want to take advantage of David, but he’d be stupid not to, wouldn’t he?

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