I’m sure you’ve all heard by now that Anne Rice announced last week she was “quitting Christianity”. I was amazed at the amount of attention her declaration garnered, spawning various articles, Twitter comments and Facebook discussions. I remember her decision to “join Christianity” after years of being known as the queen of vampires. There was quite a reaction then as well although without the social networks of today, the discussions weren’t so public.
I would think that an author’s belief system would impact his or her writing. Not being an author myself, I am simply guessing. Any authors out there feel free to chime in? But when you’re reading (disregarding intentionally religious books) how much of that element plays into your experience? Personally I rarely read something and think “That’s obviously an allusion to Christianity/atheism/Buddhism/whatever”. Actually I’d have to say I never do that.
I’m just curious, does knowledge of an author’s beliefs and /or personal life affect whether you’ll read them? What if you’ve been a fan and later find out something you don’t agree (or even agree) with?