Spoilers are not the enemy

The Patriarchal has a serious weakness by its linear and constricted structure: finding out spoilers can ruin the experience of reading a story as the impact of the plot twist is diluted, making an unsatisfactory read. Some people can enjoy a story knowing spoilers, but for those trained to think by the Patriarchal alone, the author’s spell is broken and there is no longer any enjoyment?
Why? Because the Patriarchal has an extremely narrow focus that is linear. It is a one dimensional story where plot points usually have a single function and meaning. Since the focus is on a single protagonist, what the plot point means is confined how it impacts that lone individual or group.

This Patriarchal structure is extremely limiting for the storyteller. The storyteller is forced to hide information from the reader or audience, and if that audience figures things out too soon, the story becomes a letdown.

It seems that there is no way around it, but in Matriarchal Storytelling, this is not a concern at all.

The reason are simple. First, because plot points have significance to multiple characters, just because we know o e critical piece of the puzzle doesn’t mean we have the entire completed puzzle in front of us. We may know whodunnit early, but why it happened eludes us for perhaps several stories that impacts a slew of characters for generations to come. What is a major point in a Patriarchal is a minor one in the Matriarchal.

Second, a single plot point may be meaningless in one story, but it is significant in conjunction with several other plot points, and the meanings shift depending on which stories are read and in which order. You may know two plot points, but wait until the third one sneaks up on you in the next one: you’ll never see it coming, but for someone who skips that story and comes across the fourth one, you two will have completely different interpretations of those first two plot points.

Because the Matriarchal is about multiple perspectives, meanings of actions depend on the character in question. We may find out a villain in one story was, in fact, a victim in other, and then a hero in a third. Suddenly, there is an excitement about finding spoilers because they are riddles to be deciphered multiple times in multiple stories. More thrilling, what is a major plot point in one story is a mere passing reference in another, and the reader learns to appreciate the gathering in grains in a whole new way.

Patriarchal’s weakness happens to be Matriarchal’s strength. We learn to embrace gathering information without fear of tainting the story reading experience. Readers are encouraged to think and explore with their eyes and hearts wide open just as the author learns to write exciting stories by sharing, not hiding from the reader.