I thought that I’d have a heavier heart when saying this, where actually, it’s somewhat of a relief to finally get it off my chest.
Here’t goes: comicbookmovie.com is a bad, bad idea.
I wasn’t always a Negative Nancy; I used to adore CBM, back when I was a relative n00b to nerd blogs/forums. I’d spend hours scouring the site for any and all things comic book cinematic adaptation-related.
But seldom will I visit it again.
If you’re unaware of the site, here’s the crux: it’s a comic book/movie/comic book movie fan-site with the genius idea (sincerely) of letting fans of the site write its articles. I say “genius” because rarely would the creators have to actually do anything; give a nerd an outlet to express themselves and you’re guaranteed an avalanche of content.
And therein lies the problem.
There are two things that nerds love that CBM provides the opportunity for: knowing stuff and debating stuff. But because of this, there’s this incessant need for its “writers” to have one-up on each other; so-much-so that they’ll sometimes warn of a spoiler AND name said spoiler in an article’s heading.
For example (trust me, no spoilers):
THE DARK KNIGHT RISES Children’s Books Spoil Scene With Batman’s [deleted] [deleted].
And now you’ve spoiled it for me. Thanks.
This compulsion to continuously release spoilerific information upfront — I’m guessing to prove that their finger is more on the pulse than others — is a stupid, unnecessary and inconsiderate obsession.
When a writer has spoilers in their article, it’s courtesy (and an unwritten rule) that you pre-warn the reader, giving them the opportunity to opt-out if they wish; putting the spoiler in the title doesn’t allow for this and is very uncool.
Not all of its users are like this — and some are staunchly against the practice — but there’s enough of it going on for me to permanently block the site; some users are so obsessed with being the first person to break something huge that they’re not thinking of the repercussions.
It’s time for a change, comicbookmovie.com.