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.