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? 

 

In The Stacks (7)

What I added to my stacks (and stacks and stacks) this week. I am linking up with Stacking The Shelves by Tynga’s Reviews and In My Mailbox hosted by The Story Siren.

Purchased

The Mystery Of Mercy Close (Walsh Family #5) by Marian Keyes

The Mystery Of Mercy Close by Marian KeyesAs the youngest of the five Walsh girls, Helen has had a tough time finding her way in the world—at thirty-three, she has her job as a private investigator that has proven less than fruitful and after losing her flat, she’s moved back in with Mammy Walsh. Her hunky new boyfriend, Artie, and his three adorable children are a great distraction, but his beautiful ex-wife lives a little too close for comfort. Meanwhile, Helen runs into her ex-boyfriend Jay Parker and reluctantly signs on to help him locate Wayne Diffney, the recently disappeared fourth member of Ireland’s biggest mid-nineties boy band, Laddz. Of the five Laddz, the Talented One has long gone on to better things, but the Cute One, the Gay One, and the Other One are all busily shunning carbs and rehearsing their reunion tour, and it’s Helen’s job to track down Wayne, the Wacky One. Wayne hasn’t left a trace, and Helen throws herself into the search wholeheartedly, leaving no stone unturned while watching her own life slowly fall apart, one unpaid bill at a time.

Finally! I feel like I have been waiting on this book for forever (plus it was released in September in the UK and I was forced to see people tweet at the author how much they enjoyed it.) I have been a Marian Keyes fan and a fan of the Walsh sisters for years and years. I actually did a happy dance when I spotted this in the book store.

Ender’s Game (Ender’s Saga #1) by Orson Scott Card

Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card

In order to develop a secure defense against a hostile alien race’s next attack, government agencies breed child geniuses and train them as soldiers. A brilliant young boy, Andrew “Ender” Wiggin lives with his kind but distant parents, his sadistic brother Peter, and the person he loves more than anyone else, his sister Valentine. Peter and Valentine were candidates for the soldier-training program but didn’t make the cut—young Ender is the Wiggin drafted to the orbiting Battle School for rigorous military training.

Ender’s skills make him a leader in school and respected in the Battle Room, where children play at mock battles in zero gravity. Yet growing up in an artificial community of young soldiers Ender suffers greatly from isolation, rivalry from his peers, pressure from the adult teachers, and an unsettling fear of the alien invaders. His psychological battles include loneliness, fear that he is becoming like the cruel brother he remembers, and fanning the flames of devotion to his beloved sister.

Is Ender the general Earth needs? But Ender is not the only result of the genetic experiments. The war with the Buggers has been raging for a hundred years, and the quest for the perfect general has been underway for almost as long. Ender’s two older siblings are every bit as unusual as he is, but in very different ways. Between the three of them lie the abilities to remake a world. If, that is, the world survives.

Ender’s Game is the winner of the 1985 Nebula Award for Best Novel and the 1986 Hugo Award for Best Novel.

Ever have a book that you keep meaning to read, year after year? Ender’s Game is one of those books for me. With a movie coming out this year, I have to read it before I see it.

Where’d You Go Bernadette by Maria Semple

Where'd You Go Bernadette by Maria Semple

Bernadette Fox is notorious. To her Microsoft-guru husband, she’s a fearlessly opinionated partner; to fellow private-school mothers in Seattle, she’s a disgrace; to design mavens, she’s a revolutionary architect, and to 15-year-old Bee, she is a best friend and, simply, Mom.

Then Bernadette disappears. It began when Bee aced her report card and claimed her promised reward: a family trip to Antarctica. But Bernadette’s intensifying allergy to Seattle—and people in general—has made her so agoraphobic that a virtual assistant in India now runs her most basic errands. A trip to the end of the earth is problematic.

To find her mother, Bee compiles email messages, official documents, secret correspondence—creating a compulsively readable and touching novel about misplaced genius and a mother and daughter’s role in an absurd world.

I have been on the library waiting list for this book for about six months. I just can’t wait anymore! It recently came out in paperback, so perfect excuse to add it to my stacks.

The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater

The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater

It happens at the start of every November: the Scorpio Races. Riders attempt to keep hold of their water horses long enough to make it to the finish line. Some riders live. Others die.

At age nineteen, Sean Kendrick is the returning champion. He is a young man of few words, and if he has any fears, he keeps them buried deep, where no one else can see them.

Puck Connolly is different. She never meant to ride in the Scorpio Races. But fate hasn’t given her much of a chance. So she enters the competition — the first girl ever to do so. She is in no way prepared for what is going to happen.

Another book that recently came out in paperback. I have heard nothing but great things about The Scorpio Races and enjoyed Maggie Stiefvater’s previous books.

What did you add to your stacks this week?

 

All summaries and cover images from goodreads.