In A Cafe thread on Fantasy novels with a female lead, someone brought up Marion Zimmer Bradley, and I responded with this:
To which Wendell Wagner replied:
There was a bit of back-and-forth, and now, to stop the hijack there, I thought I might continue it here. This is Wendell’s last post, with my reply to start the thread off:
That’s funny, it takes me a lot less time to read a Wikipedia biography than a novel. YMMV.
Not all of them, more like 90%, and I fill in the holes as I go.
Yes - actually, I only found out about both of those having already read their works (no internet back then so the research was a lot harder), but now, I won’t read either.
I feel as though you’re not reading my posts at all, as I quoted several in my last post:
So paederastic rape should have a statute of limitations, to you?
I know a little - I do know they still employ Elisabeth Waters.
The literary rights are in a Trust, actually.
No, Waters was also an enabler of Breen herself. It’s not at one remove like that. Anyway, that’s an issue, but not the main issue.
Like I said, there’s no such chain.
Anyway, like I said, the estate and continuing support of Waters isn’t the main issue.
The main issue is not allowing a paederast apologist to amass fame, albeit posthumously, without people knowing what she actually stood for (and, like I said, worked into her own books). Basically, I think she should be reviled by all right-thinking people, the same as her ex.
How is “I research the authors I read before I read them” random? It’s the exact opposite.
So, the topic for debate: is it a bad thing to control for authorial morality in the creative works you choose to consume? Or does only their creative output count?