It’s very frustrating when I get a one or two star review on one of my books and the comment is something like, “The story was good, but the author was pushing his agenda,” or “Great writing, but the author is pushing his left wing views.”
I didn’t realize that my views were left wing, but all labels aside, my work is called “political fiction” and marketed as such because I am trying to make a political statement with fiction. I’m happy for my readers who enjoy both the story and appreciate the message, but if you’re looking for ‘James Bond” or ‘Jason Bourne,’ you’re not going to find it on my bookshelf. My novels always have something to say. And you don’t have to accept my “political agenda” or my feelings about George Bush. You may think he was the greatest president the U.S. ever had. Or maybe you’re his cocaine dealer. I don’t know.
The point is that every literary work of political fiction will have a political point. You don’t have to agree with it. You just have to understand what it is. And, if you disagree with the political view, but thought the story was good, don’t give it one star.