Well the first trailer for Ender’s Game is here and boy, do I have some thoughts.
For the uninitiated, Ender’s Game is a science fiction novel that practically all sci-fi reading nerds have read and loved. There has been rumors or actual movies in the works for years and years and it finally is seeing realization. Upon watching the trailer I can say I was extremely impressed by what I’ve seen so far.
Now I have several reservations:
1. There is a MAJOR spoiler at the end of the trailer: I’m not sure if it’s on the level of Hulk catching Iron Man bad, but hot damn its weird to see the end of the book in the last few frames of the trailer. If you’ve never read the book, you won’t have any idea that it is a spoiler. However, if you’re in the theater you mind might flash back to the trailer and you’ll think, “OH damn I know how this works out!”
And fair warning folks, there’s a plot twist in Ender’s Game that they’ll probably ruin in an upcoming trailer. If you want to see this movie, just skip all further footage.
2. Battles! They are showing a lot of space battles up front in the trailer. For a book that takes place 90% in the Battle School and a good 70% of that is in the zero g training room, there’s not a ton of space combat in Ender’s Game aside from Ender looking up a lot of old battle footage. I’m hoping that the trailer can match the final product and that we’re not being teased.
3. Orson Scott Card is a Tremendously Huge Douche Bag: Now for the big one. When I say Orson Scott Card is a douche bag, I don’t mean it in the same sense as when I say Micheal Bay is a douche bag, no Card is much worse. Card is a huge anti-gay bigot that has stated that gays should be thrown in jail for being gay. I’m fully expecting to be a huge nerd civil war over whether or not to see Ender’s Game. After all, if you pay money to see this film, are you not supporting a bigot?
Personally, I look at this in a couple of different ways. I used to love Orson Scott Card. Ender’s Game was hugely influential on me and Card’s “How to Write Science Fiction and Fantasy” guided me for a long time while I attempted to write fiction.
Since finding out he’s a pile of crap, I haven’t purchased a single Card book. I’ve gotten them all from the library. When my Dad bought the audio books of the Ender’s Game series, he let me have them when he was done so I could listen (and I got a few of him at Half Price Books second hand anyway). If you don’t agree with an author morally or politically there’s no better place to still read their works without financially supporting them. Now with this movie, I have to make a decision… do I support bigotry?
I have an English degree (hard to imagine, huh?) and during my college studies the concept of the text existing outside of the author was something that got drilled into me. For example, you don’t read a text to interpret what the author intended, you read it and interpret the text on its own merits. That’s how I see Ender’s Game. It’s the same way some people justify their love of Wagner. They don’t support Nazism, they enjoy Wagner’s music separate from the jizz bag that made it.
In the case of Wagner he’s long dead and he’s not getting money for his works, where Card is rolling in Ender’s Game dough. So in the end you’re giving money to a royal butt hole if you see the movie. It’s hard to argue against that point, so I won’t. I’ll just accept it for what it is. I’m totally an ass for giving money to see a movie based on a book written by a bigot, but I don’t support that bigot’s belief system. If you want to believe that I do support bigotry by going to see this film, then I won’t argue that. I apologize.
Update: It’s been brought to my attention that a movie is made by many people who don’t all share the same belief system where a book is usually the sole product of one author (perhaps with influence from an editor). I don’t know if that makes any kind of difference for those on the fence about this one.
Thanks to: Grape Soda