By Dave Bouressa
Ender's Game author, Orson Scott Card, has certainly made a name for himself among the geek culture-and not for the better. Card has gone out of his way of late to make his anti-gay beliefs known to the world, and many people aren't having it.
In fact, Card has already been banned from the Ender's Game Panel at San Diego Comic Con by Summit Entertainment, as to prevent not only a scene at the convention, but to prevent harming the reputation of their film.
Perhaps Summit Entertainment has the right idea, because although the film does not come out for another five months, there seems to already be a boycott of the film.
Ender’s Game, Orson Scott Card’s 1985 bestseller, is now a major motion picture from Summit Entertainment, opening Friday, November 1, 2013. Even as the film’s marketing campaign scrambles to distance the film from the author’s controversial reputation, Summit is angling Ender’s Game to be the next big sci-fi blockbuster, potentially making an all-new fortune for NOM-board member Card.
Skip Ender’s Game is a call to action. Do NOT see this movie! Do not buy a ticket at the theater, do not purchase the DVD, do not watch it on-demand. Ignore all merchandise and toys. However much you may have admired his books, keep your money out of Orson Scott Card’s pockets.
Although I disagree with Card's views, I feel that this boycott is misguided. All you are doing is damaging the work of some very talented actors, and tarnishing a great story. I don't care if Adolf Hitler wrote a book, if it's a good book, I want to read it! If J.K. Rowling drowned puppies in her spare time, would that ruin Harry Potter for you? No! Because it's a great book series with a great film series adaptation. As someone who has reading low on their "things to do when bored" list, Ender's Game was fortunately one of the few books to cross my path, and after a fairly slow build-up, I could not put it down. For those who don't know, it is essentially Starship Troopers meets The Matrix meets Full Metal Jacket-but with kids. If that doesn't peek your interest, I don't know what will.
And of course, this petition has not gone unnoticed. In response to all the negative backlash, Card has finally spoken up.