Sunday, July 28, 2013

Would You Expect No Homosexuality In Mostly-All-Boys School?

Orson Scott Card, author of the Nebula and Hugo award winning book, Ender's Game, has issued concerns about the release of movie adaptation. Concerns regarding his standpoint on homosexuality; he's against equal rights for homosexuals, if you didn't know.
I've known for several years.
I loved Ender's Game growing up. It was the first book of Mr. Card's I ever read, and it's still among my favorite books. I own the entire series, the entire Ender's Shadow series, all of the short stories, the novellas, and the encyclopedia.
But I'm not going to see the movie. I didn't make that decision based on Mr. Card's personal opinions; I made it because I have my own idea of what all the characters look like, how they speak, how they behave. Movie adaptations tend not to mesh with my internal imaginations (Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings were two of the very few exceptions), and since Ender's Game formed such an integral part of my childhood, I don't want to ruin it.
In all of the books and novellas and stories of Mr. Card's that I've read, I've only found two mentions of homosexuality and homosexual behavior. One was in Songmaster, and the other was in Lost Boys. In both, they're painted in a negative light. But I can look at authors I enjoy reading just as much, if not more, who have never mentioned homosexuality at all. Which is worse: a bad mention or no mention at all?
Long have people said, "Don't judge a book by its cover." I say, "Don't judge a book by its author."
And Orson: if you're so concerned maybe it's due time to change your mind.

2 comments:

  1. And it's stuff like this I don't understand. What makes a homosexual so less human that saying and showing all this stuff against them is okay?

    I agree. Orson needs to change mind--it doesn't /matter/ that he's a good author. It doesn't make him allowed to make such a judgement on people.

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    1. I'm not trying to say that he's not allowed to believe whatever he wants to believe. I completely support freedom of belief, of expression, of speech. Even my IIWK series isn't about taking any of that away from people, it's just about trying to reduce the number and ways people take advantage of the system.

      What I'm trying to say is it's wrong of him to ask us to ignore his beliefs just because he has a movie coming out. Can you imagine if Chick-A-Fil CEO published an autobiography and asked people the same? Or if a WBC member started publishing fiction novels? Would people then be willing to temporarily cast aside their opinions just long enough for the book or ticket sales go well without a hitch?

      I certainly hope not.

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