I’m still reading Dune, but I wanted to talk about something that’s come up recently that has me thinking. It’s about authors and their views and actions.
Is it appropriate to support an author of a book if that author holds views or has done things in their personal life that you don’t morally agree with?
A good example would be Orson Scott Card, the author of the very popular sci-fi novel Ender’s Game and it’s sequels. Enders Game has been adapted into a movie that will be released later this year starring Harrison Ford and will ultimately make oodles of money.
The problem is that Card very vocally and publically opposes same-sex marriage and donates oodles of his own money (which he makes by writing books and having those books get turned into movies) to National Organization for Marriage. Card is a board member of that crazy organization.
So aren’t we, by supporting Ender’s Game, supporting Card, which in turn supports marriage inequality? That’s not cool with me.
I have another example in mind, but since I don’t know all the facts, I won’t go into it. It involves violence against women. However, I’ll just say that from what I do know of the situation, I won’t be reading the person’s book now.
I can’t help but think that there are plenty of books I’ve read and their authors probably do lots of things I don’t agree with. I can’t help that, but when I DO know what they’re doing and they do so publically, I can’t support them. So I will be skipping Ender’s Game this winter. I hope you will too.