This week it’s about controversial authors and their books.
Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card is a combination of coming of age, war, deceptions, and battle tactics.
Ender is a boy genius in simulated games of war, like a total Call of Duty geek. The authorities notice his talent and push him down a path of their choosing, and he isn’t aware until the end how far they’ll go to get what they want.
The movie adaption of the book was rather good. The CGI was realistic and I liked the actors who played the parts. It is a tale that makes you think and leaves the reader shocked, a characteristic of true sci-fi.
But after the movie came out, I read of people boycotting the movie and I became aware of Mr. Card’s strong views on gay rights and politics that pretty much offend both sides of the equation.
Some authors can afford to give their less-than-PC ’tudes. They are famous enough and rich enough to do this. But it is my policy to refrain from giving my political views and opinion (very strong) on divisive issues. Just not my style.
But Mr. Card can and does.
So, shall I never ever buy another book of his due to his opinions? Nope. I try to keep the subjects separate. If his books held the same viewpoint, that might be a different story.
What do you think?
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