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Questioneer Alex feels a lot like I did when I found out the chairman of Urban Outfitters had donated to Rick Santorum, meaning I couldn’t buy any of their nice patterned bedspreads any more. He writes:
I have a problem. I am a gay Orson Scott Card reader. For many years I devoured his books and it wasn’t a couple of years ago that I found out about his support of anti gay movements in the US.
These days I don’t buy new copies of his books, I borrow them from friends or libraries (whatever his personal beliefs, the man writes damn good science fiction).
The problem for me now is that my favorite sci-fi book of all time, Ender’s Game, is becoming a movie. I want to see it, but I’m not sure if I can buy a ticket knowing where a part of my money might be going.
So answer me this: Should I go to see the film at the cinema?
Pirating the movie seems counter-productive to me.
Why so – because you would be getting what you want, albeit illegally, without contributing to his wealth? Your strategy is rather inconsistent; I don’t want to upset you further, but authors receive royalties when their books are borrowed from libraries. To get around that, you could go to a bookshop, sit in one of the armchairs for the whole day, and read it there without buying it, but it is behaviour like that which sent Borders to the knackers’ yard (sorry Borders, it was mostly my fault. But it was silly of you to think I was ever going to buy all those copies of Interview Magazine).
But readers, what do you say Alex should do about seeing the film? Pay the money, grudgingly? Pay the money non-grudgingly, having decided to overlook Orson Scott Card’s personal beliefs? Wait for the film to come out on DVD then borrow it off a friend? Buy a ticket for a different film then sneak into the Ender’s Game screening instead? Or, avoid the film entirely, as adaptations of beloved books are so often crushingly disappointing?