Everyone likes a good story. A book, favourite TV drama, the latest blockbuster movie. Stories are more than entertainment, they are an integral part of any culture. At their best, they help us to understand who we are, to get a new perspective on the world and to dream about the potential of the human spirit.
Stories can change the world.
A good story is a skilfully crafted journey taken one step at a time. While we enjoy degrees of predictability associated with particular genre, it is the unexpected, the unknown and the anticipation that holds us as the plot unfurls.
The storyteller’s magic is to create a world, invite us in and let us imagine it is real.
This is why the practise of using “spoliers” has always been something of a mystery to me.
I started jotting down thoughts about this a couple of years ago and just the other day came across a great article examining the phenomenon of movie spoilers. The comments suggest that there are many in dismay at this commercially driven narrative barbarism.
Read and enjoy: The problem with movie trailers by Dominic Corry
Update: came across this on the BBC “Cabin in the Woods: Do movie trailers now reveal too much?”