I always picture my snarky self as a fox for some reason. It’s been a long time since the Snark came out to play, but she bolted from her cage this morning.
I read and read and read and read
I’m a voracious reader. In the last week, I’ve read three fiction books and two non-fiction. That’s a pretty slow week for me. I love to read and I’m always involved in a book. I read while taking a bath. I read while watching TV. I read while eating. I read while waiting for things. In other words, I read a lot, as I said.
I’ve been reading this one writer for about a month now. I started off with her 1920s series. This series has about twenty books and I’ve purchased four of them and thoroughly loved them. Then I segued into her contemporary series. I read the first book, brushed aside my concerns about her quasi-political leanings and told myself that I’d just caught a whiff of her politics, not enough to brunt my enjoyment of the book.
The second book stopped me in my tracks. I was reading along and, from out of nowhere, the author ridiculed a real life political figure I admire.
I felt like the author had reached out from the pages of the book and slapped me.
Please keep your politics to yourself
I have a hard time with fiction that delves into politics unless it’s…political fiction. If I’m reading a book about a power-hungry Speaker of the House, it’s pretty safe to think that I’m going to have a push/pull between the various political factions. I would hope that the author’s voice wouldn’t come into it but that there would be different viewpoints rather than one either staunchly Republican or Democrat.
In the book I read last night, I don’t buy the notion that the character was speaking. It was the author, pure and simple. Why? Because politics didn’t need to be mentioned in this book. There was no call for it. It came from left field. It wasn’t necessary.
I’m a political animal. I’m deeply involved in the politics of my choice. I do NOT believe, however, that the politics of Karen Ranney have ANY business in the books by Karen Ranney. Nor do I think I should assault anyone with my beliefs. Doing so gives me a 50/50 chance of offending a reader. I recognize that. It’s also one of the reasons I don’t talk about politics (or religion) on Warm Fuzzies.
This writer wasn’t an American. She didn’t write books that took place in America. Why, then, did she find it necessary for her characters to denigrate American political figures? I don’t know. But doing so was offensive to me. It’s as if she said, “I’m contemptuous of your views and your politics and I’m going to say so and there’s nothing you can do about it.”
Are your political beliefs worth losing readers?
Well, yes there is. I deleted both books from the contemporary series and I deleted all four books from the 1920 series. I also deleted them permanently from my Kindle. I added her name to the very short list of writers whose books I’ll never buy again. There are only three names on the list and all three of them are writers who have hit me over the head with their political views while I was innocently reading – and enjoying – their fiction.
I don’t know why they were so stupid as to take a chance of offending half their readership. Maybe they thought they were in with the “in crowd”. Maybe they didn’t care as long as they espoused their own political views within the pages of their books. All I know is that I won’t read them anymore because of the level of their contempt for their readers.
How about you? Are you merely annoyed when an author/character denigrates your beliefs? Or do you go snarky like I do?