Being an active social media user I have been noticing a worrying trend. Authors using their author’s page to push political subjects. Now I might cause an all out war here but it is a subject that I thought I would touch on.
As a reader, have you ever thought this yourself when you have gone to check out what your favourite author is up to?
It is something as a reader that I find to be very unsettling. Authors page’s should be for their books, whether it be promoting, chatting to their followers about their books or even sharing reviews that people have written. The one thing that can make me donate a book quicker than a speed reader can finish a book, is seeing an author going on about politics on their authors’ page, or even worse, engaging in trolling their followers if they dare to disagree with their opinion on the subject.
I am no stranger to political discussion, but to me, if you are an author and you want to discuss matters non-book related, create a personal account where you can discuss any political party or politician to your heart’s content.
Is that wrong of me to think that authors should find another platform for this subject?
Most would scream YES!!!! and tell me that they are entitled to say/write what they like. The problem I have is with the platform they use, not their opinions or views.
It might sound old fashioned, but there are still some of us out there who want the mystery of who authors are to remain. Even though I can find out the most minuscule of details about any author any time, there are just some things I do not wish to know. Yes, I know they are ordinary people who have feelings, opinions, and views just like the rest of us, I do not and have never denied this. For me, they just need to know where to draw the line.