Authors are people too

I have been thinking a lot about how accesible authors are in the digital age and the good and the bad of this. It’s awesome to read a book and then be able to go talk to the author directly about it on Facebook or Twitter, but when is the information too much?

The case of the crazies:

We all love those train wrecks of the “My writing is fine”, and the “Fuck Off!” fame, but let’s pretend for a minute that their writing is ACTUALLY fine. That they wrote amazing books and now because of one flaming moment of over emotion we have all put these authors on our “stay away from” list. Aren’t authors supposed to be pent up balls of fury or love or every other emotion? Don’t we love them because their words can engage our own jaded selves in a good cry or a hearty laugh? Is the internet making us all judgmental assholes? We have all made major mistakes in our lives, it just didn’t go viral.

WTF he’s a homophobe?

Orson Scott Card felt the need to go public online about his views on gay rights. I do not agree with him in the tiniest bit and he probably should of kept those ideals to himself but should I stop reading him? I bought Pathfinder in ebook and audio form, I was super excited to get to it, and I mentioned that on the Twittersphere and immediately was told not to waste my money on a homophobe.

I agree that his views are outdated, that they are clouded by his age, the way he was raised and his religious beliefs and he did so publicly but does that mean I should boycott him and his art?

We all have different opinions.

If I never read another book because the author had different opinions than mine on social or religious morals then probably I would be very limited in my reading. Yes Card was very adamant and went public with his ideals that I do not agree with but should that stop me from reading him? Should I not separate my personal feelings about the author and just deal with the art? Even though I vehemently disagree with his actions and his views does this mean he doesn’t have the right to feel that way even if it is wrong?

I am struggling.

As a humanitarian I don’t know which way to go. I for one never want to force my views on others and I am unsure how to proceed with people who do like to force their views on others. I want to read for me, like I always have and I know chances are I am going to adore books like Pathfinder from authors who have expressed their views publicly.

What do you think collective? What are your policies on dealing with this?

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    I think this issue goes beyond authors though. For ex: Mel Gibson. People loved him- before he went nuts and went on crazy rants and started beating his wife. Is that a reason NOT to watch his movies? For me, it is.Why should I endorse (by paying) for his lifestyle when I think he’s off the rocker and needs serious help.
    I don’t really see the authors any differently. When you base your income on how much people want to hear what you have to say or do- then it’s your JOB to keep your offensive opinions to yourself if you still want to have fans. Why alienate your fanbase? So what if a blogger didn’t like your book. That doesn’t mean no one will. you shouldn’t go tell them to F off and not expect repercussions. Because just because someone doesn’t like a book doesn’t mean that EVERYONE that reads the review is going to refuse to read the book. So, should the way they treat potential fans affect reading their books? To me, the answer is of course.

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    I know that for me, I don’t allow the personal feelings of authors on one or two specific issues dictate my desires when it comes to reading a book. If I think it sounds good, I’ll want to read it, and that is that. There are many times that I’ve read books and loved them and their authors, only to find out later that their personal views differ vastly from mine. Yes, that is a little disappointing. It might be hard to swallow. But, the thing to remember is that you like the book. You don’t have to feel like you could be BFFs with the author. And you can’t think of it in terms of, “The author’s wrong, and I’m right.” You think of it in terms of, “We have differing opinions, and I respect his.” You should never boycott an author because they don’t believe in something you do, because you could miss out on different perspectives and some damn good storytelling. And if you ask me, the latter is the most tragic loss.

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    And, I just realized my above comment addressed only the issue you brought up later in your post. As for the first issue, authors who overreact (or just flat out misbehave) when it comes to bad reviews, that leaves me feeling sour and they lose my respect. No matter how well I might have liked their writing beforehand, I drop them.

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    @Alli I think it’s a bit harsh to never give anyone another chance. Mel Gibson’s brand of crazy is unique but it doesn’t keep me from watching Braveheart every time I see it on TV.

    @Compulsive I generally aside from light Twitter banter never search authors much. I read some blogs but unless someone tells me they are bat-shit-crazy I would never know.

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    I admit that I get very frustrated with Card (and probably told you that – goodness knows I’ve said something like it before about that man) and don’t want to seem like I’m pushing my views on people…

    But look at it from a gay reader’s perspective. I’m a gay teenager and reader. I make my blog a place for LGBTQ lit along with that. So why would I be comfortable supporting someone’s art when they go against that politically? He puts money into those organizations. He takes jabs at gay people in his articles.

    He may be human, but I don’t have to support his actions. Everyone is allowed their own opinion, but I know that for me personally…it’s like telling someone it’s okay to walk all over me. It may not matter to Card, but I don’t have to give him my money. If I feel the need to try his art, I’ll library it or buy it at a used book store.

    I do think that personal blow-ups should be looked at more closely, though. Some very well known authors have had one or two meltdowns because people were being mean about their work. People are human in that case. But it’s a different story. One is a human mistake, another is sharing an ideal with thousands of readers that admire them that…well…is just not right to me.

    Don’t know if that helps, but that’s generally how I see things. I’m always rethinking my views on stuff like this, though, so it’s normal to be conflicted.

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    @John actually I don’t think it was you! LOL. I have the same problem, I am not LGBT but I want my blog and everything I do in my life to be accepting of everyone from ever race, creed, religion or sexual orientation. I have never been one that has cared what other people do and I want to champion for humanitarian rights! But, it doesn’t say on his author bio “assholish biggot”…

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    Great question, Pam!

    I agree with you. I hardly ever go searching for an author’s personal information aside from place of residence (to see if he or she is local) or perhaps what inspired the piece.

    Think of how many authors are/were alcoholics or held radical views, but still managed to write brilliant works.

    Yes, I get very disappointed when I discover raw details about an author (actor, songwriter, etc.) but generally that doesn’t make me stop reading them. If I don’t want to “pay their salary” so tospeak, then I’ll just go to the library. :)

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    Authors are people with real emotions, I agree. With Card he was expressing his opinion not pushing his beliefs. That’s allowed. Slamming someone because they did not like your book is not. That’s what I think. I believe that’s the difference. If an author made a comment after emotional stress and realized their mistake, be humble and apologize. I will not read anything by someone who cannot respect someone else’s opinion.

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    @Pam I think that’s the thing. It doesn’t say it about him, but it’s still who he is. Knowing that, I couldn’t support him. I think a big reason people don’t focus on that as much is because it’s not like he’s said he’s racist or sexist, so most readers tend to just skim over the sexuality thing. After I’ve read his big article online…well…it just ruined any chances of me reading him.

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    Very cool post. :)

    Here’s my 2 cents: People are going to believe whatever they believe and I don’t like judging people for that or mistakes they make if they are mistakes.

    It’s definitely best though that if someone must insist upon believing something really offensive or unkind that they believe it somewhere that is not in their books. If they can and if there’s nothing toxic about them for me to stumble upon at some point, I’m going to keep reading their books and probably enjoy them.

    But learning that an author is hating on or being offensive to other people can make me completely unwilling to support them financially or really suggest them to other people. For example, Orson Scott Card not only has written about his… well, negative feelings in regards to gay people, but he is on the board of directors for the National Organization for Marriage. And knowing that has really tainted his writing for me.

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    I have unfollowed authors from twitter when they are overly political in their tweets. And here’s why. I work in politics as my day job. I eat, sleep and breathe politics. Reading is my escape. I don’t need any more politics in my life. I will continue to read an author’s books that I LOVE even if I don’t agree with their political views. But, in my life, I’ve learned to separate people from their political views. Both liberal and conservative people become a whole different being when politics come into play. Claws come out, and especially with the anonymity the internet provides, things get ugly fast.

    So, I just choose not to let that into my life as much as possible. I really just want to read a good book.

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    @Becky the library is a great idea!

    @Sara I agree, if it seems to be idea pushing I am forever turned off.

    @John but that’s my question exactly :D I wouldn’t have known that about him without the digital age of openess!

    @April it was actually your review that gave me questions. I hadn’t seen any of the stuff before I bought multiple copies of his book.

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    I understand that this is a huge, multi-faceted issue, but I would just like to add that if we stopped reading anyone who had different opinions than us on things like homosexuality, women’s rights, race relations, etc. – we would have to eliminate many, many classic authors from our libraries.

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    This is maybe going to sound a little woo-woo, but I think a book is a living thing, and it lives apart from its author. Where I have problems with reading books by particular authors, it’s because their views have made it into the books.

    For example: I don’t have a problem reading Ender’s Game, even though Card’s work on Prop 8 disgusts and angers me. There’s nothing in the novel itself that seems to advocate homophobia. On the other hand, I do have a problem reading, say, Heilien’s Starship Troopers, because it strikes me as fascist.

    As a thought exercise, let’s go highbrow and move away from our weird contemporary notion that authors have to be the public face of their books. Does it matter that Robert Frost was a jerk? That Ezra Pound was a fascist?

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    Speaking with my author hat on ~ it’s a very tiny, brand new hat, but I do have one ~ this is a conversation I get into with fellow authors all the time.

    The consensus is, anyone who is serious about wanting to be in this for the long haul tries to avoid any mention of any personal beliefs. That’s because we don’t want you (the consumer) to say, “I hate their position on x, so heck, I’m not buying them!”

    This is not as easy as it sounds. There is a push to have as much of an online presence as possible, and it almost goes to, what are we going to say after awhile? If the only thing we ever talk about is what we are selling, we’d get really annoying rather quickly. It’s really a balancing act.

    Now, speaking as consumer, for the most part someone’s personal beliefs do not affect my decision to purchase their ‘product’. Sure, there are some extreme cases where I find them so repugnant that I just can’t deal with them anymore, but mostly my feeling is that they are not selling me themselves, they are selling this creation. Whether I like the creation or not should have nothing to do with them.

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    When I enter a book, I’m entering the author’s world. As a gay man, I simply don’t feel safe in one of Card’s worlds. I know he thinks of me as less worthy, so what kind of “rules” will he create that justifies that view? That attacks me so secretly that I don’t even feel the knife as it slides in? If I don’t trust an author with my mind, I won’t open it to one of his books.

    I respect his right to be a bigot. That doesn’t mean I have to let him hurt me.

    My POV for what it’s worth.
    Eric

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    Unless their religious or personal beliefs make it into the novel, and become preachy for the sake of preaching, I generally don’t care about their personal lives, the same way I do not care about the personal dramas of movie stars.

    I might not like them as a person, I might not agree with a single thing that comes out of their mouth (and I have to agree with you on Orson Scott Card. He’s a bit of a douche) but that, to me, doesn’t really have anything to do with their entertainment value.

    It goes both ways. Angelina Jolie isn’t a better actress because she does humanitarian aide overseas. And Orson Scott Card isn’t a worse writer because I disagree with his opinion, and how he presents them.

    Yes, authors are people too, but while I am reading their book, I’m not generally thinking about the person who wrote it. I’m thinking about the story, when I watch a movie, I don’t think about the actors personal life, I think about the movie.

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    @Ashley YES! I completely agree.

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    My sentiment exactly on Erin’s last couple of sentences.

    Fiction is place where the author is invisible. Unless we are talking major Mary Sueism going on, the story is not the writer and vice versa.

    Just because the author has an unlikeable viewpoint (homophobe, facist, etc.), it should make no difference if the work simply entertains and there is no hint of their personal agenda anywhere visible.

    I won’t judge a writer by her actions in regards to criticism, but I will ensure that the criticism is well founded. This is why Ms. “Fuck off” will never get my business. It wasn’t because of her anger. It was her abominable grammar and writing in her comments that convinced me she will never produce anything I care to read.

    We ALL have a right to choose to read or not to read any book for any reason. And demeaning or badgering others for making such a choice is hypocritical.

    It can be hard living in this glass house we call blogging. So we better be careful about tossing around those rocks of judgment.

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    Great topic, Pam!

    I don’t really go around looking up information about an author, so I read them regardless of what their beliefs are. Up to a point: if a (new to me) author is very much in the public eye with very strong views that I don’t agree with, I will start to dislike him/her. I am then not likely to pick up their books (because I associate them with something negative).

    However, if I already have read books by the author, then I probably will continue doing so, as long as their opinion doesn’t shine through in their books.

    One of my favorite authors is Knut Hamsun (1859-1952). I loved his earlier books (1880s) and found out after reading 5 or so, that he had Nazi sympathies in World War II (1940). I have never noticed anything to do with that in his books, so will continue reading him.

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    As an author, I really try to keep a lid on my political and religious views when I’m tweeting/statusing/blogging. I don’t want my public self to compete with my works or overshadow them. I also don’t want to give readers an unintended filter to read my books through. I want them to bring their own selves, their own experiences, to the stories I’m telling… not start on page 1 thinking they know what the book is about because they know my views. My books, like most fiction, have themes BUT in no way am I trying to impart my political or religious views through the pages of my fiction.

    I try to treat Twitter, etc. as a cocktail party: if I wouldn’t say it to a stranger’s face over a cosmo (not knowing their views) why would I ever say it in a place where my comments will be recorded for-ev-er?

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    Yes! I love this post. The reason I read is to find voices outside of my own. Especially when it’s fiction or dated fiction, I can find ways to see an opinion from the other side. I don’t believe in banning or rewriting books as I don’t believe in censoring art. Thought is thought and if we don’t have a myriad of it, there wouldn’t be much in the way of global creativity.

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    Interesting debate!

    I think it depends on whether these views came across in their work. For example, many philosophers had what we’d see now as outdated and sexist views, for example, but that would be a terrible excuse for dismissing their work. I think the same goes for contemporary authors, however, I’d still understand if someone wanted to boycott their work but I personally wouldn’t. I’d say, if you don’t want to give money to the author, borrow the book from the library or buy it secondhand.

    That being said, I’d be more likely to stop listening to a homophobic band/aritst (regardless of whether it comes across in their song lyrics) than an author… I think this is because I am more likely to be interested in the people behind the music whereas I hardly ever get emotionally invested in an author.

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    I’m one of those people who abhors Card’s political beliefs. I mean, I was a fan of Ender’s Game, but I also read it WAY before I knew anything about his anti-gay stance.

    I was one of the ones who linked pages with Card’s stances to my review of Pathfinder.

    I will openly admit things like that color my reading. I don’t read in a bubble. If I know something about the author that is abhorrant to me, that’s going to affect my reading. I’m going to find myself more critical of meandering run-on writing.

    However, I never once said in my review that people should never ever read Card, because that isn’t my stance. My stance is that personally, I don’t care for his writing. I’ve read better, Brandon Sanderson, Patrick Rothfuss, Robin McKinley, etc. And okay, maybe I am slightly biased. But, there’s millions of authors out there, I think I’ll choose to spend my money on one who isn’t so public with their anti-gay views. However other people choose to spend their money is up to them, not me.

    Also, I think classics are a horse of an entirely different color.

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    Pam,

    This is a fantastic post! I love topics like this. It’s funny because while I was reading your post, I was in complete agreement with you, and basically, I still am. After reading John’s comments, though, I don’t know. How do you read a book from someone that you feel like hates you? I haven’t read anything about Card, or any of his work, so I don’t know if he’s a hater or if it comes out in his writings, but I can see where it would be hard for people to stomach.

    However, sometimes reading things by people you don’t agree with can be good for you.

    I know that, for instance, I don’t agree with or care for much of what I’ve heard from Philip Pullman, but His Dark Materials are some of my favorite reads. What’s funny is, even the books make me squirm because his beliefs obviously filter through. But, I still think he’s an amazing writer, and the world he created is brilliant. It was hard for me, though, knowing what I know about him, to pick the books up in the first place. But, reading them, makes me think. I think about why I believe what I believe, and I think about why he believes what he does, and that leads me to some pretty deep realizations and conversations that I may have otherwise not had.

    That being said, I do find myself wishing that authors (and actors and musicians) would leave their political and religious beliefs at home because I just want to enjoy their work, without feeling tainted. That’s probably not fair of me, because I get to sit here and spout off anything I think and feel, while wanting them to keep it down. I just want to be able to read and escape and not deal with all the personal crap. That’s why I don’t engage authors in conversations very often on Twitter etc. until I’ve already read their book. I want to go into reading without preconceived notions (for the good or the bad).

    I guess the bottom line for me is that it’s a case by case basis. If I think I can get over my personal feelings about the author, then I’ll pick up the book (movie, music) but there have certainly been times when I’ve been so tainted that I have a hard time getting past it. But I will add this….don’t let ANYONE tell you what you should read! (Not that you would…haha) It’s nobody’s business what you read or why.

    Love ya!!

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    This world is full of differing opinions and there are going to be opinions I respect, there are going to be opinions I find controversial, then there are going to be opinions I support. When it comes to someone who is an artist, whether filming, literature, or music; who has highly controversial opinions or perhaps loses their mind, I try not to let that taint how I see their writing.

    I think about what it would be like if he HADN’T said those things; his opinion would still be the same but I would support him then and in turn I support bottling emotions and a fear of speaking. If I continue to buy, read, or watch doesn’t mean I am supporting his lifestyle, I’m supporting his work…that which I find so profound or entertaining.

    He has to expect that he WILL lose respect and part of his fan base, but as long as his ideals and moral values are separate from his FICTION, then I shall continue to enjoy the story as if I knew nothing about him, I shall pretend to remain blissfully ignorant in the name of art.

    I mean I didn’t turn Tom Cruise down when he started jumping on couches or Mel Gibson when he lost his mind…I don’t support any of that business; I’m here for the art. The excellent cinematography. The profound literature. The artistic music.

    Everyone else is just the man behind the curtain playing wizard that I may or may not pay any attention to.

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    @Erin Bow I don’t think that is woo woo at all. I think what you said was beautiful.

    @Eric your opinions always mean something here :D

    @J. C. as always a comment that makes me really think.

    @Leeswammes that’s interesting how if it’s thrown in your face constantly. I have the same thing in a way. If the hype of a book becomes too much I am turned off.

    @Pam Bachorz I think that is a great policy to have. Knowing you have two kids is awesome, seeing adorable pics is awesome. Knowing that a 10 year old has a wet the bed problem, an entirely different subject.

    @Pam I don’t think not reading it for yourself is censoring but more like culling to personal tastes. However it’s an interesting argument you bring up!

    @Stacy I think a lot of voracious readers can get just as caught up in an author as they do a band. Look at the Twihards with S. Meyer.

    @April and I totes respect you for being the person who had the balls to link to the article and get me to thinking in the first place :D But I have to wonder if classics really are a horse of another color. We read them now and see that they are outdated and are able to continue on knowing what is PC now, but soon enough these books we are reading now will become classics and people will read them anyway. I am a firm believer that things such as homophobia and racism are taught at home at an early age.

    @Andye I am not very political minded so usually I just don’t know people’s stances. IT may be mundane but I just don’t care. I care about issues, and humanism but I will never care to hear or know what one person thinks on an issue. I want to know which way the collective swings.

    @Liela interesting comments about supporting their work not their lifestyle!

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    I have mental lines drawn in the sand of my brain and take things like this on a case by case basis. Yes, Art is Art, and transcends a person’s beliefs, but if that art is being used to fund or their name is being used to support beliefs that I find objectionable, they are out.

    Classic authors, like Judith mentioned Knut Hamsun, I look at differently. They are dead, any profits from their work is not going to aid the causes that I object to any longer, and if they writing doesn’t reek of those vile causes, I am okay with that.

    I don’t want to give a bigger soapbox to authors and other artists to pour out their hate by buying their work.

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    Great post! Here’s my two cents:

    Reading is a safe way to explore anything and everything, be it politics, sexualtiy, religion, economics – you name it. In order to explore these things, we need all types of authors write about them. Each person is free to make their own decisions about what they read. To me, shouting down an author because he does not agree with homosexuality is no different than people shouting down a book because of its portrayal of homosexuality. I understand not wanting to financially reward an author who disagrees with your opinions or writes about topics that offend you. Just don’t tell me how I should spend my reading dollars. In fact, if you tell me not to buy a book or an author, you’ve just moved that book or author up on my to buy list. Nobody puts this reader in a corner.

    When you let any mob rule your reading life, you’re the one who loses. So I say, read and let read.

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    Great post ! Social Media and authors is a double edged sword. No easy answers. I’m mostlyable to separate an authors beliefs from his work. I just recently “boycotted” the book Clockwork & corsets because of the editors choice to tell an author for another anthology story to not have a M/M relationship.

    I can’t get behind that kind of censorship. Other than that There isn’t an author whose beliefs have turned me off. I would only drop an author if they consistently bashed a certain race or sexual orientation in one of their books.

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    My take? It depends.

    Anyone, author or otherwise, can have an off moment and publish something dumb online. I’m unlikely to hold one misstatement against someone. In the case of Card, he isn’t just expressing opinions, he is actively working to deny equal rights and protections to citizens because of his interpretation of his religion. It is his legal right to pursue that path, but I’m not going to fund his fight. My to-read list has almost 13k titles. It isn’t a hardship for me to avoid books by neo-nazis, misogynists, racists, homophobes, etc. Likewise, I could excuse Gibson for saying something stupid when drunk, but I will not excuse him for criminal assault on a woman. I’m fond of the book Lolita, but if I found out that Nabokov had actually raped a child, there’s no way I could think of that book the same way.

    We all make these kinds of decisions every day. Probably no two people will agree on where to draw the line on which issues, and that’s okay. I prefer to lend my financial support to authors who are making things better, who promote acceptance, and inclusion, social justice.

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    It’s a question of separating the art from the artist and honestly, I don’t care what their personal beliefs are – if the story sounds good, I’ll read it. I try not to judge people, especially if I don’t know them, and it’s really none of my business what beliefs they hold. It’s hard to make such overarching judgements of people you don’t know.

    That said, I think it’s unprofessional to use your position as a relatively well-known author to push for the oppression of people whose lifestyle you don’t agree with.

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    Amazing post! This is what I think.
    To stop reading a book because of the authors beliefs is just as judgemental as the attitude you’re trying to criticize, , what people seem to forget is that the world is not made in black and white, there are shades of grey and beautiful colours around.

    In that same line of thinking, you should stop listening to all of the classical music authors because they too thought differently about how the world is now.

    Should we deprive ourselves of great pieces of art just because we disagree with the artist? I don’t think so.

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    Should we deprive ourselves of great pieces of art just because we disagree with the artist?

    I guess this is the crux of the biscuit for me. I can read Jane Austen and forgive her for ignoring slavery. I can’t forgive Margaret Mitchell for belittling enslaved people, but I can read the book and watch the movie. I wouldn’t buy a book by someone currently engaged in slavery.

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    I think it can make a big difference because fundamentally, writing is a way of expressing your opinions and beliefs. If I don’t agree with what I’m reading then I’m going to stop, because I can’t connect with it. There’s that old quote that says we read to find ourselves and it’s 100% true; I’m not likely to find myself in a tale of homophobic rascism because I don’t agree with that. Besides, I’m definitely not going to enjoy the prose if I find myself offended by what’s been written. I think the only time you can really be extempt from this is if you going in knowing full well that the book is going to be a challenge for you because you and the author hold different views.

    I do think, however, it is important to consider when the book was published. As you said, Card’s religious beliefs obviously factor into his views. I think it’s easier to read a book by an author from the past with views you don’t agree with because you know that in today’s world, people do not hold the same values. Everything moves on eventually, and I am rarely so offended by a book published in the modern age that I cannot bare to read it anymore.

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    Obviously his views are going to be all through his books. I don’t want to give him the message that it is OK to say that stuff, so I won’t be buying his books. Not saying you shouldn’t read them but I am saying that we as readers need to be aware – and let others know to be aware.

    Eric’s comment above is spot on. His views, as the author, are going to be in his books, and you might not notice them overtly. Like, to me, kinda common sense… if he is so anti GLBTQ…. and then writes books featuring GLBTQ characters… what messages is he hiding in there? They may not be overt, but I bet they are there. I think his stance is clearly important and needs to be analyzed along with the books themselves, it can’t be ignored. You don’t write in a bubble just like you don’t read in a bubble – your thoughts and opinions and views are important.

    Also I can’t help but wonder if we would be having this discussion if he was making, say, extreme racist comments? We wouldn’t say well it’s just who he is and we can’t judge him. He believes blacks will burn in hell but everyone has their opinions so he’s welcome to share them, I’m sure it won’t affect his writing. This isn’t expressing an opinion like a different religion or something, this is actually telling people they shouldn’t be alive and that they are going to hell. A HUGE difference. It is ignoring the basic human rights of people. Is that really OK?

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    Word. *pounds chest & flashes peace sing*

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    “sign” not “sing”

    And since I had to clarify my type I will say this…I prefer not to know polotical/social stances of actors/authors/singers etc…I usually can look the other way, but sometimes it’s hard. I am of the flesh after all.

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    @Amy I think I would still be having this conversation. We are still talking about Mark Twain’s books and how or if they should even be read. However with Twain’s books people champion them, saying his views were outdated and it’s a learning experience. Can it not still be a learning experience to see how someone with extreme homophobia writes his characters?

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    The thing about Card is, he is who devotes huge amounts of time and money to anti-gay political groups.

    So if you oppose those efforts, just remember that every penny you give him has a very good chance of ending up in the bank-account of a lobbying group set up to oppose prop 8, or of a politician who is going to vote against gay marriage, hate crime legislation, or anti-discrimination laws to protect GLBT citizens.

    If you don’t agree with his views but don’t care if it’s not in his books, that’s fine. But do remember that people who feel very strongly about these things tend to give them financial support. I for one don’t want to pay someone who’s going to turn around and use my money to try to enshrine discrimination against me.

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    I totally agree! I did state I bought the books before I knew his stance. I have since decided just not to read it.

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    [...] I first heard about your homophobia I was unaware how severe it is. I even wrote about you in a post about authors and how accessible they are in the digital age and how I would probably still read your stuff. But [...]

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