The other day I posted something about a serious subject, Author Taint. It wasn’t an essay, but a conversation. Those aren’t structured, they meander, and they eventually come to a conclusion, but it’s not a full on THIS IS MY POINT like the end of an essay.
The post was just talking to myself and sharing it with you, dear readers, because I think there’s value to be had from it.
But it does have a conclusion, and I do have a point to make. And that point is important enough that I don’t want it to be missed.
So here’s my point!
That post is not about someone who has never heard of Ender’s Game before the movie. It’s about someone who liked Ender’s Game before Orson Scott Card started publicly pushing his crazy.
Actually, no. It’s not. It’s about, “What if your FAVORITE __________ turned out to be a jerk?”
Orson Scott Card is just an example. The emphasis there is FAVORITE.
And honestly, if a gay dude that loved Ender’s Game doesn’t love it any more because the author hates him, then I can’t fault the dude for that… even if I think that’s a shame.
My opinion still stands. If you love a work already, and you find out the person who made it is a jerk, hate the author not the work.
It’s the answer to that bolded question that I asked earlier. It’s that point I mentioned at the start of this post.
I can understand if someone’s opinion on that varies. I can. I’d be conflicted myself, after all. But I know me, and I know I’d just get angry at the guy who changed. The work is still the same, and fuck letting some asshole change my opinion of it.
Now, if you’ve never heard of a product before, and the maker of that product is publicly known for being a jerk, then your perception of that product is already tainted. I wouldn’t blame you for not wanting to check it out, and it would have to be a really great product to be worth it.
And because it should be mentioned, I’ve got no problem with people trying to organize a boycott of the film, and it’s good that they’re making sure people are aware of just how crazy Orson Scott Card actually is. Standing up for what you think is right is awesome, and more people should do it every day.
Those people aren’t what my point is about, but it should be mentioned.
So, I’m not defending Orson Scott Card. I’m not even telling you to go watch Ender’s Game.
But if it’s one of your favorite books, tell OSC to GTFO and keep on liking Ender’s Game.
Just don’t watch the movie, because it looks awful.