With the highly anticipated release of Ender’s Game, the internet has been abuzz with talk about this book to movie feature and, more vehemently, about Orson Scott Card.
The big question: Are you gonna see it?
Maybe you don’t know why this is such a big deal. It isn’t just your typical, “I hope they don’t ruin this awesome book,” concern. No, it all comes down to the author and who he is and what he does with his money. If you don’t know, I encourage you to Google, “Why is Orson Scott Card crazy?”
Mostly, I’m pretty liberal about what people do with their own lives. I mean, I’m not down with you telling me what I can and cannot do with my life, money or anything else, so who am I to tell you? But, I will not spend money on someone or something when I know that money will go towards something I wholeheartedly disagree with.
Orson Scot Card is a deplorable person, in my eyes. He actively works towards taking away people’s rights on things that I think everyone should have a right to. I’m sure we’ve only seen the very tip of the crazy iceberg that is OSC.
There are a few arguments about why some people, who, if they had known then what they know now wouldn’t have supported OSC’s career no matter how awesome his writing is, are saying they’re okay with spending money on the movie.
One of the big arguments is they can separate art from artist. Mandy P., writer and awesome lady that she is, does a fantastic job of outlining this in her post about the same subject. Go check it out. Yes, she makes a very valid point that, as consumers, we more often than not buy things from artists without having any idea what their morals are or where their money goes. This is totally true. But for me, if I find out after the fact that the artist does things I find morally reprehensible, then no, I won’t keep buying. No, I won’t keep recommending. No, I won’t go see the movie based on their work. No, if I find out that their profit, which came from my buying their work, is going towards something I disagree with, no I won’t keep giving them money.
Another argument I’ve heard is, “Well, they already paid the guy, so my ticket won’t make a difference.” No, maybe not one ticket, but the hundreds of thousands that are probably going to sell because so many people don’t know about OSC, will make a difference. Here’s the thing: OSC didn’t just write Ender’s Game; he wrote a lot of books. So in my mind, I think, “Well, if this movie does well, then the movie companies will be happy to offer him more movie deals with even bigger payouts.” So yeah, they paid him but you don’t know if his contract entitles him to a percentage of the profits or if the profitability of the movie will lead to more movie deals for him.
I’ll let you in on a secret. I’ve never read Ender’s Game. I know, le gasp! But it’s a Sci-Fi book and I am not a Sci-Fi nerd. I’m a Fantasy nerd. I did not read a lot of Sci-Fi growing up, but I do love me a good Sci-Fi flick, so if I hadn’t learned about OSC, and had only seen the previews for Ender’s Game, I probably would’ve gone to see it because it looks cool and there are so many actors I like attached to the movie. But I do know about OSC so I can’t support it. I mean, when we all found out about Chic-fil-a we were all up in arms and refusing to eat their delicious fried foods, why is art different? Yeah, our money was always going towards something we didn’t know about, but once we did we stopped going.
But we all have to make our own decisions and it is not for me to tell you to go or not to go. Make up your own mind, I did and there’s no changing it. I’ll keep my $15 out of OSC’s pocket and go see something with dragons or magic ’cause that’s my bag.