I’m going to keep this pretty short, but it is a topic that is worthy of multiple books. I ask my readers; do you believe politics should be in books?
Sure, politics cannot be completely avoided, since the term politics covers a plethora of ideas and ideals. Saying slavery is wrong for example is technically a political statement. It may not be a controversial one anymore, but it is still political. So, in that sense, writing an apolitical story is impossible. On the other hand, writing a story that doesn’t overtly proselytize political ideals is possible and preferable.
Have you watched a show that suddenly delved deep into a political issue and beat you over the head with it? If you watch any modern TV, I know you have. Right now, that sort of thing is everywhere. Personally, whether I agree or disagree with the topic, having politics shoved down my throat when I’m trying to enjoy a plot is annoying.
Supergirl is one of the worst offenders. It often crosses the line of entertainment to political/social commentary almost every episode. The show focuses so much on politics that the plot often takes a back seat. This is a more extreme example, but Supergirl isn’t alone in doing this. Political proselytizing is so common it is not just accepted but expected more and more.
I don’t know about you, but I feel the world is already overly saturated with politics, I don’t need that in fiction too. Fiction, sports, video games, are all supposed to give us respite from the dredges of life. They are supposed to speak truth, give us ideas to ponder, but not force-feed us.
What do you think though? Do you like shows/books televangelizing political ideas? Do you agree entertainment is becoming too saturated with politics?