"Tiger and I thought it might be time to start a meme to discuss some of the frustrations that are unique to book bloggers. What happens when the hobby you love becomes more of a chore?This meme will appear on the first and third Mondays of the month. One of the hosts will give us a question to respond to and a linky for sharing our responses and developing community.
This week's question is: Should bloggers & authors discuss politics? Does that turn you off to a blogger or an authors books if they tweet/post about their political positions or do you appreciate their passionate point of view?
Personally, I have a strong disinterest in politics. I don't talk about them. I don't think about them except for a couple of days before elections. I don't watch the presidential debates or listen to all the pundits.
I don't care about an author's political views unless it shows in their fiction. Authors can talk about what they want on their blogs or in their tweets. I may or may not read them but likely will not. The one exception for me is John Scalzi at Whatever. I like his writing style and humor and we tend to share very similar political views. I almost always read his posts.
I would never stop reading an author just because of their political views. As I mentioned, I don't want their political views to permeate their fiction though. If I like an author's characters or stories, I read them. If I don't I won't no matter what their political views might me.
What about you? Does an author's politics make a difference to you?