If you feel like you really, really, really, really must see the movie adaptation of Ender’s Game but don’t want to hate yourself afterward for supporting the work of the vile, hate-spewing troglodyte who wrote the original novel, here’s something that might make you feel slightly — but only slightly — less self-loathing about buying a ticket: author Orson Scott Card will not be getting a dime from this movie.
According to TheWrap.com, when Card sold the movie rights to his novel a decade ago, the deal included no backend. None. So the author doesn’t see any additional money, no matter how much (or how little) the movie rakes in at the box office. Not a penny. The Wrap cites film distributor Summit Entertainment, visual effects company Digital Domain and the rights-holder of the book, OddLot Entertainment, all as saying Card has already been paid everything he’s ever going to see from this film.
Card still gets royalties from the book itself — which is currently perched atop The New York Times Best Seller List in paperback mass-market fiction. The surge in sales is driven by publicity in the run-up to the movie, and a successful film will doubtless send book sales skyrocketing even further, making Card that much richer and giving him the means to spend even more money financing his quest to take away the human rights of human beings who just happen to be lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender. Make no mistake: supporting the Ender’s Game movie will (indirectly) benefit Card and ultimately his various hate groups, such as the National Organization for Marriage. And, armed with a successful Ender’s Game movie, Card can negotiate sweeter, more profitable deals for future movies and books and plow that money right into his hate campaigns.
If you can live with yourself after supporting a political and religious war against your fellow human beings, then… well, I guess you should go ahead and enjoy the movie. But it would be better if you joined the Skip Ender’s Game movement.
However, perhaps you might consider waiting a week (or two) to see it. If you must buy a ticket, don’t go on opening weekend and contribute to the much publicized and eagerly watched opening-weekend grosses. Don’t make the movie look like a hit. If it has a poor inaugural weekend, there will be less chance of the studio impulsively making a quick deal for the rights to other books in the Ender series or other properties that Card owns. Let Ender’s Game tank for the first three days, and then go see it. At least that way you will cause the minimal amount of collateral damage to your fellow humans.
But by no means should you buy any reissues of the 1985 novel. Card gets to stuff his pockets if you buy the book new. If you must read it, go to a used book store — you should be supporting your local used-book dealer anyway — and pick up an old paperback; Card was already paid for that copy and you won’t be lining his pockets any more.
When it comes to Orson Scott, you definitely shouldn’t encourage him. He’ll just try to turn your open-mindedness and inclusive nature against you.