Let’s talk about authors’ political views!
Whispers in the background:
” Omg, I can’t believe she wants to talk about politics!”
“What? Politics? Is she insane?”
“Politics? This will end in a disaster!”
Like the busy little bookblogger I am, I was writing a review to a book I enjoyed. When it was done I headed over to Twitter to look up the author and see if I could tag her. You know, to spread the love.
Instead I stumbled into the middle of a political battle between another bookblogger, this author and another one.
Previously, I had a vague idea that this author had different political views from my own. It made me roll my eyes a bit the one time it showed in one of her books. But overall, I found them so enjoyable that I didn’t think about it any further or researched if she shares her political views on her social media platforms. Until I stumbled into said twitter war.
And now I’m wondering:
How important are authors’ political views to you as a reader and as a reviewer?
Do you only read and review books of authors who either remain neutral or share your opinions?
Or do you leave politics completely out of your reading choices?
I hope you share your thoughts in the comments 🙂
I have studied political science for a while (until I came to my senses) and politics has always been an important topic for me. I feel strongly about my opinions. And yes, I admit, I also believe that my views are the only true, good and right ones, hah! I don’t try particularly hard to keep them a secret, but I would like to have a civil talk where everyone feels welcome, so I want to keep this all neutral. Please keep your actual political views out of your reply, and only post your opinion on whether or not political views in general matter for your reading choices.
I’m very unsure still and I hope this discussion will help me make up my mind. The whole topic has come up very little for me since I used to not follow authors on social media. Most books I’ve read seemed neutral to me. On one hand, I feel art and literature are political on a more basic level than which party you vote for in the next election and in that sense transcend party differences.
On the other hand, as a bookblogger I want people to buy the books I recommend. And do I want to support authors in this way who stand for things that I might view as actually threatening? We live in difficult political times where we aren’t only talking about nuances or whether taxes should be raised by 1 or 5%, but about a lot of things that actually scare people everywhere on the political spectrum.
I’m very much looking forward to finding out what you think about this!