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Re: How much politics do you like in your books?

Post by CatInTheHat » 06 Aug 2017, 09:02

I think politics were integral to this particular story line. The major underlying theme, the essence of the story. I do enjoy this type of theme when done well, as in this book. The way the different countries interacted with each other, as well worked on gaining intel about each other was very realistic.
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Post by Darakhshan Nazir » 08 Aug 2017, 18:17

I am okay with politics as much as the plot requires. Talking about opinions opposite to mine, that is also okay because everyone has right to form and put forward their opinions.
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Post by Afuglsan » 11 Aug 2017, 19:16

I don't have the mind for politics. Honestly, I find it boring. I stay up with events as well as I can, but I don't dig deep into them typically.

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Post by Bluecobia » 11 Aug 2017, 22:55

Different political opinions are fine with me. I enjoy seeing both sides. However,when reading I don't want a lot of politics. To me I get bored by it when reading a book of fiction. Nonfiction I can take it much easier.

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Post by Excitedreads » 11 Aug 2017, 23:53

It depends on the book. Sometimes it's refreshing and the new information helps bring clarification in understanding the depth of the issue at hand in the story line, as the case with the expansion. Then sometimes it's overwhelming and the extra detail confuses me. So i guess it's ok in moderation. I like the drama it brings, once it doesn't confuse me more than it enlightens me.
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Post by Rebecca Henderson » 12 Aug 2017, 23:15

Politics in books, in my opinion, should not overshadow the plot. If the book is used as a vehicle to promote a certain viewpoint, then it should be done strategically. People read books to learn more and/or escape reality, so authors should meet those expectations accordingly. If you're writing a fictional book and politics is not central to the plot, political messages should not enter the story, or if they do, they should have a minor role. I've read many science-fiction novels that implement a world-centric political scene, but it is integral to the plot and has little to no bearing on real politics. However, if the book proclaims a political view from the get-go, then such an inclusion should be expected.

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Post by Donnavila Marie01 » 13 Aug 2017, 01:12

I love books which are politically inclined because my profession falls under the field of political science. Political stories challenge me.

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Post by Anirudh Badri » 13 Aug 2017, 06:21

Politics plays a pretty important part in decision making, and as a result, I find that books that include politics are far more likely to present the true complexity of situations. This complexity makes books much more interesting to me.
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Post by Donnavila Marie01 » 14 Aug 2017, 05:21

It seems that many of us hate politics. We are political animals though. We abhor politics but we actually deal with it every day of our lives.

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Post by Athena Moon » 14 Aug 2017, 09:35

Honestly I stopped watching or reading news few years ago cause I simply reacted too harsh. However, the way politics are depicted in books is a form of art and simply part of story serving as enhancement. Politics are worth bringing up in peaceful debate with all the facts evaluated carefully with no place for emotions.

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Post by Miche Sora » 14 Aug 2017, 21:27

None! All I have to do is turn on the TV or walk out the door if I want politics. Reading books is fun, and I'd like to keep it that way.
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Post by Londera » 14 Aug 2017, 22:31

I am fine reading books with different political viewpoints as my own. It's an opportunity to learn more and see things from a new perspective. I don't like reading books about politics, they tend to be very boring in my opinion. Unless there is a twist in the story line

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Post by Amagine » 15 Aug 2017, 05:18

Afuglsan wrote:I don't have the mind for politics. Honestly, I find it boring. I stay up with events as well as I can, but I don't dig deep into them typically.
You sound exactly like me. I stay informed about important and current events but I find politics to be dreadfully boring.
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Post by akeseh » 15 Aug 2017, 07:37

I don't have so much interest in politics and wouldn't like a lot of politics in my books. I am an African and our politics am sorry to say is nothing to write home about. People come to power to acquire wealth and fame. Sometimes it result in civil war. Am not so much interested in politics.

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Post by Scerakor » 15 Aug 2017, 10:12

Actually, for those that have actually read this book, I think that there is an ideal amount of politics in this one. There is just enough state and non-state entities vying for a large project, just enough involvement of clandestine agencies/activity, and just enough involvement of the politicians themselves. It was by no means bogged down by any of this. So to answer your question... like this one.

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