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

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For someone whose books advocate tolerance, diversity and respect for others I was shocked to see that Mr. Card doesn't live up to what he preaches. For me, that's a dealbreaker. As in I don't want to support you, Mr. Card. I've removed your novels from my wishlists. I probably won't see your movie in theatres. I love your work and I acknowledge the effect your stories had on me and my imagination, but I cannot, in good faith, buy from you. I'm not encouraging a boycott, I'm not telling others to stop buying your books, too. In reality, saving my $50 worth of merchandise bearing your name won't even make a dent in your income, popularity or ratings. And that's okay. I'm not doing it for you. I'm doing it for me.

Does this start an inquisition-style-hunt to vindicate all the authors, artists and musicians displayed in my home? Time will tell. I like to think that I can separate the person and the product. I enjoy things everyday by people in history who supported slavery or phrenology and it doesn't mean that I support those things too. But this certainly makes me more aware of myself, my interests and how I, as a citizen in the world, can influence others. And that's a good thing.

So in the grand scheme of things, maybe I'm not as "for" or "against" as either side would like me to be. Maybe I'm still leaning against that fence to observe, avoiding jumping in. But at least I'm off. And it feels much better to have my feet on the ground.

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