I am experiencing an internal conflict. When I was in basic training (“Tech School” for those that are Air Force familiar), some of my friends introduced me to the book Ender’s Game. I gobbled up the series as fast as I could; sometimes staying up till 1 or 2 in the morning to finish a chapter or to see what happens next, knowing that I’d have to get up pretty damn early the next morning.
When it comes to writing, in my opinion, Orson Scott Card is a genius. No other writer has been able to elicit the range of emotions that I feel when I read a book from the Enderverse. He is actually able to make me care about the characters as though they were my personal friends and family. I worried about them when they were in danger, I laughed when they laughed, and I nearly wept (something was in my eye, honestly!) when they died.
Like I said, I love Orson Scott Card as a writer, but he is batshit when it comes his personal opinions. I guess that should be a credit to him, for his ability to segregate his life and views from those of his characters. First of all, he is a Mormon, that in its self may not be much worse than regular Christianity, but the discussion about Mormonism is to be left for another day. He’s written in support of George Bush, the USA PATRIOT Act, the war in Iraq, and the GWOT in general. He’s homophobic, to the extent that he thinks they should be jailed. He also thinks that “the pill” led to an increase in crime during the 1970s and 1980s. Needless to say, Mr. Card as an individual is on my shitlist.
My dilemma is that I don’t want to support people with views like his, especially financially, but I love his work and don’t want to wait years until I can find it in thrift stores or something of that nature. The series is so great that I want to get it all in hardback so it’ll survive for some time in my possession, but that would be throwing some serious money at Mr. Card. I was so disappointed when I found out about Orson’s political/religious views and I’m really not sure how to handle this situation.
Do I stop reading his work altogether, discontinue reading his books unless I can find them in a situation where he doesn’t profit from it, or do I, like Mr. Card, separate my personal views of the author from my love for the works of art he creates?