23 April 2010

Are an author's political views important to you?

Sometimes is my fence-sitting answer.

A well-written genre novel (mystery, SF, romance) can pull me in even if I disagree with the political slant to the book--ie the way social class is accepted, questioned; the analysis/reference to current affairs.

A non-fiction text, well, when I disagree with the author here, the disagreement is more likely to have me throwing the book across the room, so I pick my non-fiction books with a greater eye to the author's likely sympathy with my world view. It's all very well to be challenged--I don't look for my reading to enrage me.

Beyond political sympathies, if a book is nasty or snide, I put it aside.

But back to the original question--the author's political views.

As authors share their opinions/lives on the Net, you can get a fair sense of their world views. I suspect this influences me less than the quality of their work (and I acknowledge the sneakiness of this answer, because "quality" includes for me a style that excludes offensiveness).

So I haven't really answered the question, but it's an issue I'm considering--How much sympathy of world view/experience must there be between authors and their readers?


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