Book Rant: Author Controversy Ender’s Game

If you saw any blockbuster this summer, you probably saw a trailer for Ender’s Game.

Ender's Game Movie Poster

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The casting looks great (Harrison Ford, Ben Kingsley) and it is based on a book of the the same name that has been popular for decades. So what’s this rant about?

“Laws against homosexual behavior should remain on the books, not to be indiscriminately enforced against anyone who happens to be caught violating them, but to be used when necessary to send a clear message that those who flagrantly violate society’s regulation of sexual behavior cannot be permitted to remain as acceptable, equal citizens within that society.”

“Married people attempting to raise children with the hope that they, in turn, will be reproductively successful, have every reason to oppose the normalization of homosexual unions.”

 

The above are two examples of Orson Scott Card’s writings on homosexuality. (The first is from Sunstone Magazine, February 1990 and the second is from the Mormon Times in 2009.)

Orson Scott Card is a board member of the National Organization For Marriage which is consistently in the news for making horrific anti-gay statements. (A great place to read about some truly egregious statements made by the National Organization For Marriage, please see this write-up by the Southern Poverty Law Center.)

There is an effort to boycott the movie because of Orson Scott Card’s terrible views by Geeks Out (you can view their website where they layout the specific argument for the boycott here.) It remains to be seen how effective the boycott will be but it has forced Orson Scoot Card to address his views on homosexuality.

As someone who has not read Ender’s Game (it is sitting on a shelf, waiting to be read before the movie comes out), this publicity makes me very uncomfortable. I vehemently disagree with Orson Scott Card and consider the views the National Organization For Marriage puts out into the ether akin to hate speech. I do not want to give my money to someone with such abhorrent views. I am on the fence about boycotting the movie, but I certainly will have my distaste for the above quotes in my head if I do decide to watch Ender’s Game and finally read the book.

Does an author’s personal views make it difficult for you to read their books? 

 

Book Rant: Being Judgey

I was minding my business, reading my Feedly. When all of a sudden this article from GalleyCat popped up, Buzzfeed Post Provokes Reader Rage. It got me thinking…

Do you judge a book by its cover? Buzzfeed does. In the inane original article, 28 ’”Favorite” Books That Are Huge Red Flags, Joseph Bernstein writes about what a persons favorite book says about them. He also acts as if books such as The Giver are only for children which is rage inducing enough. Horrible conclusion jumping aside, I really do not think our favorite books say much about us. Mainly because most people have eclectic tastes. I can use myself as an example I like:

  • Young Adult Fiction
  • Chick Lit
  • Adult Fiction
  • Non-Fiction (Specifically current events, politics, and economics)
  • Fitness
  • Running

Please tell me, what does that say about me?

Maybe that I am a political junkie that likes books about teens and is really into working out?

I love to read popular fiction, never miss a Dan Brown book, but I also enjoy more serious “literature”. So what. Books are books. We should encourage people to read, not shame them because their tastes aren’t as highbrow as we think they should be. Reading should be fun, not something we do to impress other people or to be cool. So let your freak flag fly and read those Middle Grade books if that’s what you like. Ignore anyone who is rude enough to give you the side eye for making a beeline to the Young Adult section of the book store when you are past the age of 30. Who cares, this is supposed to be fun.