The Sunday Salon: Surprise, Suspense, and Spoilers

Not last weekend but the one before, both Teresa and Ana wrote up very interesting posts about spoilers and the reading experience. I agree with both Teresa in that we ought to mark spoilers very clearly and Ana in that I also don’t care to be spoiled. (I find this particularly hilarious when it comes to Sherlock, since I already know what’s going to happen from the sheer fact I’m reading the Holmes canon.) But this discussion about spoilers reminded me of the film class I’m taking at the moment, and not just because I try to go into class screenings blind.

It brought to mind a particular quote of Alfred Hitchcock’s about the difference between suspense and surprise.
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