Orson Scott Card would certainly hope not. Infamously – and rampantly – homophobic, the devout Mormon and science-fiction author is currently drawing on his past controversy as the big-budget adaptation of his greatest novel is starting to attract press.
His 1985 work Ender’s Game is receiving the Hollywood treatment, scheduled for November release; the novel having won both the Hugo and Nebula awards, making Scott Card the only author to win both of the US’s top science fiction prizes in consecutive years – far more successful than his 1990 essay, ‘The Hypocrites of Homosexuality‘.
Online protests, via Skip Ender’s Game, and media sources have called for a boycott of his film, whilst many bloggers have protested not only against the film but also against his books.
But should we, as readers, endorse the author through their books? Or should we be able to separate the artist and their art? T.S. Eliot and Ezra Pound (basically Modernism and co.) were both famously anti-semitics and fascists, as was Pasternak and Dostoevsky. John Updike’s review of The Spell is wonderfully riddled with homophobia. And do not even get me started on the legion of misogynistic male writers (though thoughtcatalog does a great job regardless).
Where do you separate the moralist from the reader?