|Adapted from source|
"each subject read…one spoiled [story] (with the spoiler paragraph presented before the story), one unspoiled (with the story presented with alteration), and one in which the spoiler paragraph was incorporated as the opening paragraph”
So while Participant A read the original version of an Agatha Christie’s story, Participant B read the spoiler-as-external-paragraph version instead and Participant C was presented with the spoiler-as-opening-paragraph version of the same story.
“A spoiler can...make reading more satisfying”
Thus, shockingly enough, the above findings seem to contradict what many people (and the Internet) hold to be true. So, is this the end of the story? Should we stop caring about whether others reveal to us how a movie unfolds as it would not spoil our fun but could even in fact increase it? Not so fast, recently published studies say, as they find reason to question these preliminary conclusions.
“Different people in different situations experience narrative entertainment in different ways”
Spoiled v. Unspoiled Stories: 1-1