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Ender's Guilt

Posted on 2013.12.06 at 18:21
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Ok, saw Ender's Game and I can't get it out of my mind. Not entirely comfortable with this since the main star is an under aged, slash worthy, Asa Butterfield. The filmmakers did too great a job turning him into a little man, worthy of my respect. I have a thing for geniuses anyway. Throw in his innocence and adult turmoil, and my heart didn't stand a chance.

There's guilt because the question of age naturally arises. But that's the irony; Ender's character defies age because of what the military has done to him! He's a child in the book, but in the film adaptation, Asa's teenage performance is as compelling as any adults. He retains the innocence of a child while being more intelligent and disciplined than the adults around him. Before I did the research and just saw the movie, I could not tell how old he was and that boggled my mind. It drove the point home that age is more than a number, it can be mental and spiritual as well as physical. This performance endeared Asa to me.

I don't mean to get all serious, but I know what's coming. Slash that is sure to offend self-righteous crusaders everywhere. I say write it. I hope it's written well. I just read an Ender story that I liked, short and not-very-nice. I'm reminded that it's all fiction folks. Whether its Mr. Card using an innocent boy to build his not-very-nice-to-children, war story, or his fans using that same boy to build their equally dramatic stories, it's all about one person's tastes NOT being like yours. It's all fiction, meaning, we writers would never even want such things to set foot in reality. But certainly with Ender's Game, this fantasy makes us think. Ender fan-fiction is all a compliment to Mr. Card for the wonderful character he's given to us. I don't know much about him; my remarks are based purely on reading Ender's Game. I know that he's raised some eyebrows with his political-social-religious views but that's not the scope of this review. I just like this novel of his and wish there were more to equal it.

Bottom line, Mr. Card thrusts a child into adult conflicts, so no one should be surprised that fan writers would pick up on it and run with it. Teaching children to kill is just as wrong as anything a fan-fic writer can come up with. But, thanks to Mr. Card's skill, it makes for great dramatic fiction. And hey, as long as fiction isn't reality, let's enjoy it. Fiction is fiction. I can tell the difference, can you?


elfscribe5 at 2013-12-07 05:29 (UTC) (Link/)
Hi there Catharsis. Long time no see. I didn't see Ender's Game and didn't know anything about it. Nice to get your recommendation.
ca_tharsis_ at 2013-12-07 14:42 (UTC) (Link/)
Hey! Nice to hear from you. When you do watch it, let me know your thoughts.
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