Friday, February 15, 2013

Most frustrating Postcrossing postcard quote this year


I just got a Postcrossing postcard from the UK.

I am utterly, utterly piqued by this quote from it:

"I liked Downton Abbey too but I think it was a bit over the top to kill _________ off. Hope it wasn't a spoiler for you. :-)"


Hey, folks in the UK: please remember that Downton Abbey is about a year behind here in the USA! I had no idea that character was "killed off."

That was a terrible, terrible spoiler for me. (NO SMILEY FACE HERE.) I have avoided all possibilities of spoilers online, and did not think to see it on a postcard. I had no freaking idea of this. (I have redacted the name of the character, to spare all of you the most annoying knowledge I now unwillingly carry.)

ARGH!

Update on 16 Feb 2013: I just got a very sweet message from the sender, who genuinely had no idea that the USA was behind the UK in the series and felt awful for spoiling. Ah well. Now it won't happen again to someone else, and I am touched she took the time to send a sincere apology. Lesson learned for me: I am way too involved in this series, and this is why I generally avoid TV shows!

22 comments:

  1. Oh man....no fair....(thank you for not telling)

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    1. Of course! I could not be so cruel. I am trying to talk myself into thinking this person was not deliberately mean.

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  2. Ohhh... That's unfortunate. I really don't believe the revelation was intentional though. The British I've known have always been courteous and thoughtful people:-)
    Perhaps try to think of it as...something you telepathically know will happen because -you're just that good;-) Best wishes, JellySock

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  3. That is really, really effed up. How would someone in the UK not know that we are behind here? They are usually a year behind on our shows there; why wouldn't that be mutual?

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    1. Believe it or not, people from other countries don't know everything about American TV. The world does not revolve around American TV!

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  4. Oh my God!! I am extremely sad to hear this because I am aware of how it feels since I was also a target of these spoilers.
    Although I assure you that the death scene of the character is very well portrayed. I knew what was going to happen but when I saw the episode it was very intense and I felt like a real tragedy has happened.I love this show and will continue to love it.....

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    1. Thanks for the reassurance, Amit. How did you get your spoiler? Was it on a postcard, too??

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    2. Well, it seems that my curiosity have caused me the trouble because I always love to read something new about Downton Abbey. I stumbled on an article in the internet and that revealed the death of the character.I think the final episode has already aired in US television. I wonder whether you've completed watching the whole series. But if you can just tell, whose death are you referring to here?I have seen the complete season 3 by ordering it online(amazon.co.uk)because I can neither watch it on pbs.org(restricted to US region) nor can bear the bad quality of other websites. I got it in the month of November only...

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    3. Amit, I can't possibly say the name of the character!! I don't want to be a spoiler source. I feel bad even revealing that there is a death. Yes, the season finale has aired here by now (though it hadn't when I first wrote this post), but I haven't seen it yet. I watch episodes when I can. I think the season 3 finale is the only one I haven't seen yet.

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  5. They probably didn't know, and they don't even have to be British to make that mistake, a lot of people watch it online as soon as it's aired (as far as I know Downton isn't even on Swedish TV to begin with, god knows how many years I'd have to wait to see that), and thus don't think about the fact that some actually wait until it's on TV in their country.
    I was close to making that mistake myself, starting to chat with someone who said they loved watching it, I only realised they might not have seen all of it because they didn't write anything about waiting eagerly for the next season :P

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    1. Anny, in the USA you cannot watch episodes online that haven't aired on TV. I don't own a TV, I watch online, and I assure you, if I'd found a way to jump into the third season before it aired here, I'd have done so. Maybe there is some weird illegal way of hacking, but if you watch above-board in the USA, you wait until the episodes air.

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    2. I am watching Season Three on Netflix...

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    3. Yeah, I'm wathcing season 3 on pbs.org for free.

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    4. Well, okay, admittedly I generally never ever wait for things longer than the amount of time it takes for them to appear on downloading sites, which is usually within an hour after airing if it's a reasonably popular show :P

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  6. Actually, with certain TV shows, including Downton, you CAN watch future episodes before they air, if you buy a TV pass from Amazon. With Downton it's not too expensive since they are so few episodes. It would defeat the purpose now, since the last episode airs tomorrow, but FYI. This is what I did, since I knew that avoiding spoilers was going to get increasingly precarious.

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    1. Ah... I have an Amazon Prime membership, which includes free Downton Abbey once the full season has aired. But I can watch season 3 on pbs.org for free once it has aired, so I guess I'm not dedicated enough to pay extra for it! Thanks for the info, though - that's good to know for the future.

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  7. OH! I am so sorry that happened to you!! I love the show and watch it every week with my dear boyfriend who actually discovered it for us two years ago. Glad to know that the sender did send sincere apologies for the gaff committed...maybe this will serve as a cautionary tale in the future?

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  8. Oh no! I'm sorry, I would also be shocked if someone spoiled one of my favorite tv-shows. And yes, I am also too involved. Note to self: don't put your favorite tv-show on your Postcrossing profile. I'm also glad that she sent an apology.

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  9. That same secret was spoiled for me as well! But luckily only about an episode too early and they actually wrote the wrong name so I thought it was going to be someone else... Social media is tricky when you are obsessed! Such a great show though.

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  10. I haven't watched the last episode yet... I am saving that for when I have time to savor it. I hadn't even considered the possibility that the sender could have written the wrong name, though - ooh la la! I guess that brings a little suspense back in.

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