Most blogs that do a Star Wars column often try to put news on their blogs. The problem with that is “news” sources confuse spoilers with news. This isn’t a phenomenon tied to Star Wars, but pretty much anything geeky. Comic book websites will report the contents of a comic as news as soon as they are released. It’s one of the reasons why I stopped reading some comics because there was no longer any point to buy it on Wednesday and read it. I’ll still read them but I’ll wait for TPB or for them to come to Marvel Unlimited or Hoopla.
But back to Star Wars. For Force Awakens, I tried to have as pure of an experience that I could have. I watched trailers but refused to read up on the movie. Of course, I want to know, but I also want to just enjoy the movie the way I did with the first six.
However, I tried to do an experiment to see if I could type in Star Wars in Google News and find interesting news without finding spoilers. Most headlines at least tease a spoiler while a few actually just throw out rumors (which they try to pass off as a theory which makes me cringe) in the headlines. I’m not sure how these sites can qualify as a “news” site for Google.
So what were some “safe” headlines to click on? One had a Russian poster for Rouge One that has more in common with a Saving Private Ryan poster than a Star Wars poster. I think this is a good thing. Another showed a superimposed Tom Brady head on Luke and a Bill Belichick on Rey from the end of the Force Awakenings to mark the end of Brady’s suspension. You can buy a R2-D2 french press. In one of the better pieces, the Verge explores how the old Extended Universe could find it’s way into the new one.
Pretty much everything else I was afraid to click. Trust me, I know it’s hard to find content for a website. And there is a difference between reviewing and spoiling. Good reviewers make you want to read/watch the work. Spoilers just ruin things.
That’s why we don’t report news. Because, unless I get to interview someone involved in making with the movies, comics, or TV shows, there really isn’t news to report. The people behind creating the Star Wars universe are going to be very discerning about what they let the public know. So unless it’s in an official press release, trailer, comic, or TV show, we won’t be publishing Star Wars “news.” Of course, I have thoughts on who Snoke is, the fate of Kanan, and what Luke has been up to. But they are just that, thoughts, and not news.