"Ender's Game" Is My Favorite Book But the Author Disappointed Me

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You know that feeling...when something you had upheld and revered revealed itself to be less than worthy? Notasgoodasyouthink? Much. MUCH worse than you ever thought?

Let's preface this by saying I'm a pretty staunch fence sitter. I'm not a waffler, I'm not having a hard time making up my mind, I just don't want to join the fray. The absolute melee that occurs any time you bring up a polarizing topic. I hate the name-calling, the bullying, the verbal abuse, the isolation and the guilt. It disappoints me that sane, polite, level-headed human beings lose their minds over a difference of opinion. I don't advocate that those differences aren't meaningful or important, but bullying and shaming those with a different opinion than your own is not an appropriate course of action.

So. Clearly this is a sore topic. But with all that said and done, I don't usually take sides. My butt is planted firmly on that fence post, legs numb from years of the same position, as I watch the debate. Imagine my shock when I felt myself adjusting, slipping, jumping!, most decidedly, off that fence.

ender's game orson scott cardI support equal rights. For everyone. Regardless of sexual orientation.
And it took revealing a beloved author's stance on the subject to make me realize that.

Fiction books are my jam. I love them. The stories, the characters, the twists. Frankly, I don't care if it's made up or based on true events, just give it to me full of intrigue and trivia and heartfelt realizations. When I first came across Ender's Shadow, I fell head over heels. It was young, it was dystopian, it was brilliant. It was one of the first books that made me think about how I acted, how people around me acted. It stayed with me for weeks after I put it down. Science fiction, tactics, reflections of historical entities...and then I realized it had a series. A prequel. Ender's Game sits proudly on our shelf at home (we have two copies!).

As I flirted in and out of reading throughout college, I always found another reason I loved the author: Science fiction! Biblical stories about women! I loved the way Orson Scott Card wrote; his characters were flawed and realistic. His exposition painted pictures in the perfect hues.

And finally, a movie, based on Ender's Game. Mr. E and I watched apprehensively as they hired directors, cinematographers, actors. It was finally coming together and we wished and hoped and prayed it would be as good as the story we had always imagined. Please, Hollywood, don't mess this up. Don't commercialize it. Don't sell its soul.

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Image: Harrison Ford and Asa Butterfield in "Ender's Game" - Summit Entertainment via Yahoo! Movies

In the end, it wasn't Hollywood I should have been worried about. I had never looked much into the author besides his literary novels until a favorite geek site exposed a side of OSC that I hadn't encountered yet.

OSC is against gay rights. Not just believes-in-"traditional marriage", or "homosexual sex"-is-a-sin, against it. Religious beliefs trump all societal and governmental decisions (Source). Deny same-sex couples the right to adopt (Source). Ban all unions (civil, marriage or otherwise) between same-sex couples (Source). Gay partners do not "love" one another in the same meaning as straight partners (Source).

And THAT'S where I draw the line, guys. I'll be the first to tell you that I don't have much experience in this debate. I won't quote figures, I won't recite political agendas or speeches or arguments. I dislike being lectured as much as the next person, but I would be lying if I said this didn't surprise me like cold water to the face.

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