I live in the USA, where people react poorly if you spoil a move or a book for them. However, the question What is the benefit in the Prologue "spoiling" the play in Romeo + Juliet? raises the interesting point that beliefs about spoilers vary according to location, time period, and culture.

Is it possible to trace our current aversion to spoilers to a specific time period? Have there been any works on the history of thought about spoilers?

I'm not quite sure how to ask this question successfully; please leave comments or edit if this question is too broad.

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    en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Suspense says "According to the Greek philosopher Aristotle in his book Poetics, suspense is an important building block of literature[citation needed]." Presumably complaints about spoilers are as old as the use of suspense in literature. – muru May 15 '17 at 2:45
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    For tracing our current aversion, ngrams might be useful, listing this book from 1995 as one of the oldest to explain the phrase "spoiler alert". – muru May 15 '17 at 2:45
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    This is a message at the end of the movie "Les Diaboliques" (1955): i.imgur.com/dg2T4HW.jpg It asks not to reveal the ending to friends. – DrTyrsa May 15 '17 at 14:34
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    @DrTyrsa Slightly older than that is The Mousetrap (1952). After each one of its 25,000+ performances so far, the audience is asked not to reveal the ending to anyone who hasn't seen the play themselves. – Rand al'Thor May 21 '17 at 16:11
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    You have two questions embedded here. This can make it difficult to concisely answer, and tends to lead toward "Community Wiki" style answers. You might want to consider clarifying which one is your original question - and, if the other stands on its own, open a new question on it. – TML Jun 27 '17 at 4:45

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