- Title: Speaker for the Dead
- Author: Orson Scott Card
- # of Pages: 254
In the aftermath of his terrible war, Ender Wiggin disappeared, and a powerful voice arose: the Speaker for the Dead, who told of the true story of the Bugger War.
Now long years later, a second alien race has been discovered, but again the aliens’ ways are strange and frightening…again, humans die. And it is only the Speaker for the Dead, who is also Ender Wiggin the Xenocide, who has the courage to confront the mystery… and the truth.
I first read Ender’s Game in 2011. I was (almost) fifteen years old. It was brilliant. And when I closed the book I remember thinking to myself how completely and utterly pointless life is. That feeling was overwhelming, and the memory of it has stuck with me to this day.
Afterwards, it turned out that Orson Scott Card was homophobic. Not just homophobic, but very outspoken about it, and also on the board of directors of the anti-LGBT organization “National Organization for Marriage”. It was very strange to find out that someone who was able to write in a way that affected me so deeply, to truly reach out and touch my heart, was also someone whose personal views were so different from my own. I still find it hard to comprehend how a person whose stories reflect such a deep understanding of humanity and human beings is also a person who, in my opinion, has some serious blind spots.
I found myself grappling with the contradiction, wondering how it should affect my feelings and opinions about the book I loved so much. It’s the age-old question: are an artist’s personal views ever relevant? Should they affect our choices in which art we choose to consume and how? In 2013 I tried to give a fair answer (Reading Is Not Just A Habit But A Way of Life or That Time I Told You Why I Don’t Buy Orson Scott Card Books) so I’ll leave you with that, and with the fact that Card left NOM in 2013, and that when, in 2013, people called for a boycott of the Ender’s Game film, he said “With the recent Supreme Court ruling, the gay marriage issue becomes moot. Now it will be interesting to see whether the victorious proponents of gay marriage will show tolerance toward those who disagreed with them when the issue was still in dispute.” (source) A quote, by the way, that only further exposed his deep misunderstanding, but that’s for another time.
So, a while back – well, actually a few months ago – I wrote a post about Orson Scott Card and explained my refusal to buy products associated with him. To sum it up for those who have forgotten Card is on the board of directors of an organization who actively protests against the struggle for marriage equality in the United States. My refusal doesn’t stem from his opinion – to each his own. I’d just rather not have my money being put into this kind of activism. I do this because I support equality and I think it’s an important cause, whether you yourself are LGBT or not. It’s better if you just go and check out the post yourself. It’s called Reading Is Not Just A Habit But A Way of Life or That Time I Told You Why I Don’t Buy Orson Scott Card Books (click the link).
I made a (personal) hard choice to boycott the film, and to only watch it when it’s available for download. I really want to see it on the big screen but buying a ticket means Card is making money off me – money that goes into these causes he supports. Yes, my few dollars will have no impact whatsoever on his fortune, however I know I’m not the only one making this choice, and ever since news of the film came out I’ve wondered if other organizations or famous people would come out with the same statement.
Just this Tuesday, during one of my aimless browsing through Yahoo News articles I came across one titled Who’s Gearing Up to Boycott Harrison Ford’s ‘Ender’s Game’ Film? I immediately remembered my own article and got really excited. It was heart-warming to know other people are calling out Card on his actions and are taking a stand against this sort of behavior.
This post isn’t really book related – I admit. I also stay relatively objective on this blog and read all kinds of books from different genres, including the LGBT one. However, there are some things I consider the building blocks of who I am as a person and my morals and principles are one of them. I decided to make this post because it’s interesting to see how what I write here as a free, opinionated person links back to reality.
I’m going to keep this short. I just wanted to share this with you guys because I found it very interesting, and also just plain nice. GeeksOUT – the organization calling to boycott Card – is organizing a series of “Skip Ender’s Game” events in New York, Orlando, Seattle, and other major U.S. cities to coincide with the movie’s debut this November, so if anyone is interested go check it out.
I don’t expect everyone to be an activist. Some people are more lenient with these sort of things and more admant about others. That’s okay. It’s a personal choice – one that I’m making for MYSELF. I am not writing this post to call out those who WILL go and watch the film. America’s a free country… not that I’m IN America, but you get my point.
But for those of you who ARE boycotting – lemme know! Comment! You’re not alone!
Reading Is Not Just A Habit But A Way of Life or That Time I Told You Why I Don’t Buy Orson Scott Card Books
I mentioned in my Top Ten Tuesday post that I refuse to buy Orson Scott Card books, despite the fact that Ender’s Game is one of the better books I’ve read and has impacted my life immensely. Now, I do not mind getting his wonderful novels from the library, borrowing and/or lending them, or even buying them second hand. I only refuse to purchase them brand new from the store in a manner that guarantees my own money will end up in Card’s pocket. The reason for this is simple – I disagree with where the money from Card’s pocket ends up.