Originally Posted by listopencil
Yeah, seemed to me that the time he spent bedridden caused him to overthink his morals. He might have been just pushing the envelope but there were some strong incestuous themes in his work. Just take a look at Farnham's Freehold.
I've read them all too. I remember when Friday came out and my dad said to me, "The old guy still has it." I'd say Friday was the best of his last work. I wouldn't call the rest of his last work crap but yeah, there was a noticeable drop off.
At least in Farnham's Freehold the incestuous relationship was never consumated, and Hugh Farnham was appalled at the idea. I think Heinlein liked to write that the young women were the aggressors in these types of relationships because it was some sick fantasy that he had.
Having said that, I will say that Farnham's Freehold was one my favorite Heinlein books. But Starship Troopers was my absolute favorite: it almost made me want to go join the infantry.
If I had never read the Starship Troopers book, I'm sure I would have liked the movie a lot more. Whoever made that movie either completely misunderstood the real message of the book, or just didn't care and decided to go for a farce instead. The first time I saw the movie I was appalled. However, the special effects in the movie were so cool that I was eventually able to get over the differences between the book and the movie and enjoy the movie on its own merits.