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I agree that his views are outdated, that they are clouded by his age, the way he was raised and his religious beliefs and he did so publicly but does that mean I should boycott him and his art?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