The following is a narrative taken from a recent meeting of the Maryland Chapter of Spoilerholics Anonymous (SpoilAnon):
Ron Smith: Hello everyone and welcome back to our weekly meeting of Spoilerholics Anonymous, Maryland Chapter. As you know, we here are a part of a growing chorus of burned out, joyless souls who have, for years, errantly believed that knowing everything about anything — books, movies, songs, etc. — before they ever reach market was a good thing.
We now know that we were sadly, tragically mistaken... don't we? [A chorus yes's and head nods from all 16 attendees] Well, tonight we have the opportunity to greet a new member of our enlightened group. He's going to tell us a bit about his journey and his move towards recovery. David? Would you come up to the podium please?
David: Hello, my name is David Flanagan and I'm a Spoilerholic.
Group: Hello David!
David: .... Well, I guess it all started with... ummm... with Star Trek. I loved the show and grew up with it, you know. [Heads nodding] Well, several years back, while The Next Generation was getting ready to end its television run and they were going to launch their first movie, I heard from a friend about this site, you know, where you could get information and read rumors about the upcoming movie. [Looks of sympathy and understanding emanated from the audience]
So I went there, and it was great! All kinds of information, and the rumors they had there.... It was good stuff! But I figured it was all just a bunch of garbage, just guesswork.
Then I went to see "Generations," and some of it was actually true! The part where Data gets the emotion chip, and.... [Chokes back a sob] The death of Captain Kirk! [A few in the audience close their eyes and bow their heads in pain]
[Eyes full of emotion] That's when I was hooked... The power of it.... The ability to actually KNOW what was going to happen before it happened! When "First Contact" came out, I knew all kinds of information about it, and it was largely accurate. That's when I started posting to chat boards, and even tried to start uncovering and posting some new bits of information myself.
But then I began to notice that it just wasn't as much fun as before. I got less of a high from each new rumor and, by the time Star Trek IX hit, you know, when someone scored the first copy of the script, I was beginning to think that I had made a mistake. [More heads nodding] I remember downloading a copy of that stolen script to my desktop.... I was so happy!