Ender’s Game

Frankly, the poster looks a bit intimidating.
Frankly, the poster looks a bit intimidating.

I saw the film Ender’s Game one week ago. I saw it partly because the book was one of my favorites when I was growing up and partly to spite everyone who said that we (i.e. the movie-watching public) should boycott it. I don’t like being told to boycott things – I prefer to think for myself, thank you very much. Plus, if I boycotted books and movies based on authors’ political views, I wouldn’t be able to watch or read anything. (I have strong opinions, and lots of people don’t agree with my views. I’ve learned to just deal with it and enjoy the movie or book.)

As for the film itself, it was a decent adaptation (except for the end – they completely messed up the end). There was an entire subplot they had to leave out, which I understood, but that subplot was one of my favorite things about the book. (It involved detailed discussions of geopolitics and world affairs, which is right up my alley.) They also made the characters older than in the book, which I also understand. In the timeline of the novel, the characters age about six years, if I remember correctly, and that would be difficult to do in a movie.

All this has led me to want to read Ender’s Game again. I never really have been able to discuss the book with anyone. None of my friends have read it. They thought it was too militaristic. My mom thinks it’s too young. In short, it is one of my favorite books with thought-provoking themes, but I have never properly discussed or analyzed these themes.

That’s where the internet comes in, dear readers. I know the book has a large fan base, so surely some of that fan base will search the internet and be led to this blog. Which leads me to my proposal: I am considering re-reading the book and blogging about each chapter. Would any of my readers like that? You’d obviously be welcome to chime in in the comments section. Let me know what you think!

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