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How much politics do you like in your books?

Post by Amagine » 01 Aug 2017, 17:27

The main topic of the book is the expansion of a canal. In the book, we see this become an international matter and politics end up playing a heavy role in the expansion of the canal.

Do you like reading books that involves politics? If you do, how much politics do like in your books? If you don't, why not? Are you okay reading books that have a different political opinion than you?
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Post by Gideon umunnakwe » 01 Aug 2017, 19:18

for me politics is a way of life, it doesn't matter if one likes it or not, it a circle that we must revolve around, so having it on my book is a privilege, because it open my scope and keep me prepared for the future

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Post by Riki » 01 Aug 2017, 20:12

I like a good bit of politics in novels, and satire as well to a greater degree. Orwell, Vonnegut, Conrad, Huxley, pretty much classic authors and their takes on corruption.

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Post by klbradley » 01 Aug 2017, 20:51

I was actually never much of a fan of reading or watching books and movies involvin politics until I picked up on Scandal, and since then I'm pretty hooked. I think it's also something that has changed with age, as I now follow the news more than I used to.
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Post by Kinnera » 02 Aug 2017, 05:53

I love politics in novels. I think it brings intrigue to the plot and makes thrillers more interesting to read. There's always a degree of uncertainty because it's based on human characters and that makes it all the more fascinating.

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Post by klbradley » 02 Aug 2017, 07:03

Kinnera wrote:I love politics in novels. I think it brings intrigue to the plot and makes thrillers more interesting to read. There's always a degree of uncertainty because it's based on human characters and that makes it all the more fascinating.
I agree! I feel the same way about it now. Its just another incentive for me to enjoy a story!
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Post by kandscreeley » 02 Aug 2017, 07:34

I don't like politics, period. I don't like it in my novels, and I don't like it in real life. I read to escape and find a different life than what I'm in. To me, politics doesn't fit with that. That's just me, though.
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Post by Amagine » 02 Aug 2017, 07:37

I don't like politics in my books at all. I have no interest in it in fiction or real life.
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Post by AliceofX » 02 Aug 2017, 08:30

Just politics is okay. It's an entirely different thing when the book is inherently political and the author is just preaching the correctness of his opinions. To me, politics is like the One Ring from LOTR. Everyone always thinks that if only the right person was wearing it then everything would be fine. It never works out that way.

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Post by Izesicle » 02 Aug 2017, 14:24

I like satire but I typically avoid politics in my pleasure reading.

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Post by CaitlynLynch » 02 Aug 2017, 17:58

I like politics as long as the author doesn't permeate the book with their own views. They should be presenting the facts, impartially. If a CHARACTER has specific views, that's something quite different.
I read The Expansion (my review here forums.onlinebookclub.org/viewtopic.php ... mp;t=46456) and I thought the politics in it were really well done. There were really good, clear explanations of the Panama Canal's geo-political history, and very believeable speculative politics on what might happen in the event of a real expansion.

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Post by Ren B » 02 Aug 2017, 23:48

I love politics in my books. It's hard to say how I feel if the opinions are different than mine because I mostly read satire (laughed out loud so much when reading Our Gang by Roth) or non-fiction that does tend to lean to my way of thinking.

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Post by bookiegalke » 03 Aug 2017, 03:29

I'm always hooked on politics and not just politics in my. own country but world over. it could be because I'm in the legal profession but I'm into that kind of thing. I wouldn't mind a lot of politics in my book
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Post by Christina Rose » 04 Aug 2017, 17:57

I do not mind politics in my novels. Yes, I mainly read to escape, but there is usually some form of political drama in the books I choose to read. I love politics in movies and on tv, though. Some of my favorites are very politically driven.

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Post by Spirit Wandering » 05 Aug 2017, 18:57

AliceofX wrote:Just politics is okay. It's an entirely different thing when the book is inherently political and the author is just preaching the correctness of his opinions. To me, politics is like the One Ring from LOTR. Everyone always thinks that if only the right person was wearing it then everything would be fine. It never works out that way.
Good point. We expect politicians to fix everything. While they can certainly make things better or worse, the world would be a much better place if each of us played a role in making it so.
Interested in books that help one's spirit move beyond the ordinary.

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