How far is too far? With mid-term elections coming up and tempers rising faster than my blood pressure when I see pictures of Hugh Jackman or The Rock...sigh... Uh, sorry, lost my train of thought. With so much controversy now and, lets face it, always, how far do we want to push our own agenda?
I'll be honest, I've read a few books, articles and even posts on different loops that so irritated me, I've stopped buying a particular author's work. Is that narrow minded of me? Probably, but I'm only human. If someone's particular view on politics, religion or even some non-controversial subject offends me, I'm less likely to buy their work in the future.
No, I don't expect people to think like me and heaven knows, I'm wrong many more times than I'm right. But neither do I want a particular's authors view of controversial subjects thrown at me. I want a good story, not their political views. Even if I happen to agree with them, I don't think it's appropriate. It pulls me from the story.
As writers, we walk a fine line to stay neutral and never offend anyone. I don't think that's even possible. Even though we're writing fiction, we have to keep the story as believable as possible and therefore, someone will always disagree with something we've said. I'm sure, though I'm not published, that I've offended one or more persons in my writing, for one reason or another, without meaning to. But controversial subjects that we all seem to have strong opinions on, I steer clear of and greatly appreciate others who do the same.
What about you? Does reading an author's work where you can clearly see their particular views are being pushed offend you, or do you overlook those issues? How do you keep your own views out of your work, or do you even worry about that?