Or has views on some topics that are massively divergent from yours. Or possibly has turned out to be a morally reprehensible letch. There are numerous issues that can come up when you look at an author as more than a name on a cover. Sometimes they come up because you went looking for more information on someone you admire. And sometimes it’s because they do something so bizarre that it gains them a new place in the spotlight.
There’s been a lot of banter on the internet recently about author Orson Scott Card and his decision to rewrite William Shakespeare’s Hamlet. The outcry over Mr. Card’s latest work isn’t specifically what I’m here to talk about. Mainly because the more I read about the man and his views, the more it makes me want to pound my head into a wall. The whole thing has reminded me of the controversy Anne Rice caused among her fans several years ago when she went Ultra Christian out of the blue–and then a few years later decided she wasn’t anymore. Which, in turn, got me thinking about how far can an author push his or her fans (intentionally or unintentionally) with their personal beliefs or lifestyle before fans start to back away.
Is there a point where you, as a reader and a fan, decide that no matter how much you’ve enjoyed an authors past work you can’t bring yourself to support them by buying their future works? Is there a breaking point where you get rid of everything you own that they’ve written? Do you get rid of the dog eared copy of that award winning book that spoke to you so strongly at some point in your life? Do you start looking at their past works and wondering what hidden agenda they might have, or analyzing what scenes “really mean” in light of seeing who they are today? Whether it’s about Mr. Card’s personal philosophies, or what some say is a decline in his work, or about any other author, I’m curious to know if anyone out there has given up on a favorite author. Or if there’s a point where someone you currently love to read could lose your favor.
[tags]Literature,Author,Crazy,Controversy,Orson Scott Card[/tags]