Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Getting Political . . . on second thought...

I have a lot of opinions. Most of them not about writing. (One of my dream jobs would be to have my own radio talk show. I know: So would everyone else right.) But I've been hesitant to get into certain topics here because I actually thought my novel would be published by now (positive thinking not arrogance) and I didn't want to alienate any future novel buyers.

It's just makes sense to me that if you're in certain lines of work, you probably shouldn't talk about politics because it could alienate customers, listeners, readers, viewers, etc. (i.e. I no longer watch Letterman for this very reason.)

But I wonder if I'm wrong about that. I would still read Koontz even if I disagreed with his politics. That is as long as his novels weren't just transparent conveyors of indoctrination. Letterman interjects his politics to the detriment of his jokes. If he didn't do that, I'd still watch.

I'm curious as to where most stand on this. Would you care? Would you be hesitant to buy a book from someone you disagreed with? What about someone who went really far like declaring all Christians stupid or openly campaigning for abortion?

I'm sure everyone has a limit. I surely wouldn't buy a novel ---even a great one--- from a Klan member. Where do you draw the line?