I’ve been thinking about the question of an author’s moral character and the body of work they produce. Sometimes I say it matters. But sometimes I say it doesn’t matter. And then I realize I’m being contradictory and/or hypocritical and what do I really think?
A couple of examples are the authors Orson Scott Card and Marion Zimmer Bradley. Both are well known authors in their genre and I’ve read at least the Ender’s Game, which is amazing, and The Lost Gate, which was also pretty good. I was also going to read Bradley’s Avalon series but then I heard about her scandal. Which was basically that she had been sexually assaulting her daughter and also had been protecting another child rapist. And then there’s Orson Scott Card, who is very conservative with strong views on controversial subjects.