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Are you going to Ender’s Game?

Peter Gutierrez has an excellent essay up over at SLJ about the calls to boycott the just-opening film adaptation of Ender’s Game. As Gutierrez points out and The Wrap confirms in greater detail, a boycott of the film has no impact on Card’s wallet–what you need to do is get people to stop buying his books, which is not exactly a librarian-comfortable position to take.

Me? I’ll see it, because I think the book is terrific. I read it back when I was on what was then called  YASD’s also then called Best Books for Young Adults committee, and I was an enthusiastic “yes” vote for its inclusion on the list over the strong objections of some of the more SF-savvy committee members, who thought it was weak sauce. Also, my gay love for Harrison Ford exceeds my gay contempt for Orson Scott Card.

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Roger Sutton has been the editor in chief of The Horn Book, Inc, since 1996. He was previously editor of The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books and a children's and young adult librarian. He received his M.A. in library science from the University of Chicago in 1982 and a B.A. from Pitzer College in 1978. Follow him on Twitter: @RogerReads.



  1. “a boycott of the film has no impact on Card’s wallet” In the short term, no. In the long term, it could. A successful movie means the studio will want to do the other books. This will mean paying Card for the rights to those sequels. And, depending just HOW successful the movie is, he could conceivably negotiate a retro-active cut for this movie (Probable? Who knows? Possible? Most definitely.). I still feel that seeing the movie is putting money–whether earned for this film or a future film I insure the creation of by my financial support of this film–directly into the pockets of a man who will turn around and use that money to harm me and that’s unacceptable. Yes, most of his money–either way–will come from continued book sales. There’s no stopping that. The fact is that too large of a majority doesn’t know or doesn’t care about his damnable actions. (Make no mistake: this has little to do with his OPINIONS on gay marriage or homosexuality and everything to do with all he’s done to repress the community, most of which involves his substantial monetary contributions to anti-gay organizations.) But the one thing people with a conscience can do is avoid the film as he WILL profit from it, even if he’s not getting a take of the box office. I’ve never once advocated a boycott. But I can’t, in good conscience, go see this movie, no matter how much I enjoyed the book before I learned what a putz Card is. I’m glad you’re at peace with your decision, Roger.

  2. Roger Sutton Roger Sutton says:

    Andy, I think the boycott–or at least the controversy–is working on the putz, who’s been busily backing away from his anti-gay and anti-gay marriage statements and has resigned from NOM’s board.

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