Greetings, fellow writers!
The short-lived surge of politics in over very own end-of-year review got me thinking. Not on our own political leanings, mind you, but on those of characters.
I do think a writer can never truly escape the real world and the life he leads, a pretty huge part of which is politics both big and small, no matter how hard he tries to ignore them. Even fantastical writings eventually gets analysed for politics and leanings and such. I guess we all have seen the "Good Guy Sauron"-Meme. So, in my opinion, politics and real worldviews and ideologies always seep in some way or another.
So. How do you handle that? Do you have politics discussed at all or do your protagonists share you personal leanings or do you use politics to make them unsympathetic? Ar they silently ignored, openly shared? Do they influence how characters get along or not?
I personally seem to radicalise my characters, sometimes a bit to much. Most of them are either extreme left or right or completely apolitical, with often no middle ground. Which is hard on me, since I do not share these extremist views yet it is vitally important to don't make carricatures out of them.
But it gives me a quick and easy way to stir conflict between some groups who are forced to work together and it quickly identifies those people as living on the fringes of a mostly moderate society.
I'd like to keep this thread and discussion in the abstract, if possible. No names of living or active politicians, please.