Will I read a book that clashes with my personal beliefs?

This is an interesting question b/c I have never come across a plot that clashed with my personal beliefs. Non-fiction? Sure, I’ll put down anything that has an anti-feminist feel. Sometimes, like with Orson Scott Card, I’ll refuse to buy their books new (if I must read them, I’ll get them used).

The plot has never been an issue but I suppose if it is a noticeable difference I probably wouldn’t feel good about it and it would be tossed aside in my “DNF” pile or traded on Twitter.

What would you do?


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4 thoughts on “Will I read a book that clashes with my personal beliefs?

  1. My husband won’t read an Orson Scott Card book until after the author dies, and so I’ve pretty much decided I’ll do the same. I hadn’t thought about the author’s personal beliefs aspect being an issue–but it can be. I used to love a particular author’s books (she even wrote one of my all-time books) and then I learned something about her and her husband that has ruined her books for me. I am pretty forgiving, but some things I just can’t let go of. Like molesting or defending child molesters.

    Thank you for sharing! I hope you have a great week.

  2. I find that I have a tendency to divorce the author of a given literary work from their writing. I think I developed this sense from my study of philosophy, (though an underlying personality type probably has something to do with this as well). In a lot of philosophy you find many people arguing systems of thought and understanding that are so drastically opposed to your own. Additionally, you find a lot philosophers that have held beliefs that they in no way followed. I find this open discourse and search for understanding fascinating. So when it comes to reading authors that I disagree with, whether it’s concerning their literature or their personal life, I usually see it as a way of trying to understand a person whose life and way of seeing the world is alien to mine. I think understanding the author’s intent can be the best way of understanding, and eventually countering the thoughts and arguments of those who agree with her/him.

  3. Recently read a book detailing the speculatory history of the downfall of Western Civilization. It was plugged as a controversial book, so I wasn’t too surprised. I actually took more issue with how it was written.

    The book said it was written as 18 different perspectives of this new future, but the author kept their voice for all of them (sans one of them), so the book just turned into the ravings of a single, flustered conspiracy theorist.

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