Ender’s Game



Ender in command
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My wife and I went to see the film version of Scott Card’s famous, award-winning novel Ender’s Game the other night.


I liked it.  (I can understand, though, why one review that I read reported that it felt a bit “rushed.”)


Science fiction and fantasy are excellent vehicles for framing and contemplating moral issues without the political baggage and historical quibbles of fiction set in the supposedly “real” world, and Ender’s Game certainly raises several such issues.  Scott Card (for those who may not know, a practicing Latter-day Saint) is a serious, morally engaged, and thoughtful writer — who, by the way, doesn’t even remotely deserve the intolerant and hateful treatment that he has received of late from our self-anointed Cultural Elite (which, ironically, claims to be motivated by a concern for “tolerance” and “respect”).



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  • RaymondSwenson

    I went with my 14 year old grandson. It was wonderful to see a story I have been imagining in my mind since 1976 actually be realized so vividly on the screen. I think it was remarkable that so much of the story was able to be captured within the time constraints of a feature film. Asa Butterfield was utterly believable as Ender, a youth both empathetic yet ruthless when necessary.

    The difficulty of turning the rest of the book series into movies is that there is no continuity of protagonist and antagonist, as in the Harry Potter books. Ender becomes an adult, a substantially different person, and in several of the books he is not on stage, his sister, brother and deputy Bean becoming lead characters. The formics are no longer an antagonist, and the real continuing antagonist is the xenophobia of humanity, both against aliens and, when they have no aliens to fight, against each other.

    My guess is they would work best as limited series on cable TV.

  • RaymondSwenson

    Card has never, in all his fiction, depicted a homosexual character in a negative light. His “bigotry” is simply believing that a homosrxual relationship is not marriage, and that equating the two will inevitably weaken the meaning and the practice of marriage. The hatred toward him is ready to be aimed at everyone who so believes, especially those who hold to biblical standards of sexual morality.

    • http://kgbudge.com kgbudge

      I think Card’s moderation actually makes him an ideal target for the gay activist movement. They’re flexing their muscles and showing that they can ruin anyone who expresses even moderate, thoughtful opposition to gay marriage.

      • DanielPeterson

        I agree. And all in the name of Tolerance.

        I think we begin to see how tolerant of dissent this Brave New World is really going to be.