Monday, November 5

Book Blogger Confessions: Politics


Should bloggers & authors discuss politics? Does that turn you off to a blogger or an authors books if they tweet/post about their political positions or do you appreciate their passionate point of view?

Politics and I don't really mix. I will sit down and do my duty when a Presidential election or a controversial topic is up for voting. But I don't put signs up or care to discuss it outside that sit down moment where I fill out my ballot.

I don't have a problem with others discussing politics. To each their own. I think you have to consider your realm of influence when liberally giving out your political opinions. The higher your influence the more people who are watching and may be swayed but what you have to say. So think carefully.

I am one to ignore tweets and posts that don't interest me. But when it comes to tweets I am more likely to at least read them. And I will say that there has been one author that I felt her views affected what I thought of both her and her books. Sadly not in a positive way. We are fickle creatures.  

Regardless of that one time, I do feel that people should stay true to themselves. So if you are a political minded person you should share. Just don't shove it in other peoples faces or get overly upset when some don't care to participate in your fervor.

Anyway, thanks for the topic.


  1. I unfollowed a few authors because of political tweets but it wasn't their views - more the frequency and one that got attention for their views and then tried to tie it in to book sales (that were unrelated to the topic)

    Other wise I just skim those tweets as I do any others.

  2. My twitter stream is full of authors views but I haven't stopped following them ...they can have their views and I can have mine. But please don't bash me for being different. Great topic

  3. I really liked your answer. I don't particularly like talking about politics either. But yes, people should stay true to themselves and if they enjoy talking about politics then by all means do so. Unfortunately, unless you are a really good friend, I may not pay close attention.

  4. I also find that learning about an author's political preferences can taint how you perceive their works. I recently found that an author I really enjoyed was rooting for someone I would never vote for in a thousand when I read her books, I find myself looking for reasons to understand why she would support that politician's views. More than anything, it distracts from the work itself.