Hello! Welcome one and all to my first post in my new discussion series. Today’s topic of choice is diversity in books. This topic was suggested by Cherelle @ A Bolt Out Of The Book, so thank you Cherelle! If anyone has any more topics you want me to discuss on here, let me know by filling out this form.
// why is diversity important in books //
Diversity in books is so so vital for so many people. We all need to see ourselves in the things we read, and especially as people who read quite as much as we do, and it means so much to us. It makes people feel loved and validated and represented. Also we really don’t need to go back to another 2000s YA phase where almost all of the characters were white.
Diversity also spreads proper representation of cultures and religions and it gives people a voice.
// when can diversity go wrong? //
I’m sure we have all read a few attempts at trying to include our respective cultures, religions etc and just cringing at how bad it was. For example when there’s a character who is of a different race to the main character and they fetishize them (Eleanor and Park). Usually it tends to be misguided attempts at trying to include POC characters, or just pure ignorance.
// who do you think is qualified to write a diverse book? //
I think it depends on the sort of book it is. For example a white author couldn’t write a book like The Hate You Give, or an atheist author couldn’t write a book like A Very Large Expanse of Sea which deals a lot with Muslim identity and islamophobia. Its really important for us as readers to read Own Voices and to appreciate that it’s people writing things that they have experience with.
However its also important that writers include a cast of people from all walks of life. We have to get rid of this idea that white is the base normal for books.
// diverse recommendations //
I hope you all enjoyed this post, it’s been really great being able to discuss bookish topics.
If you have any topic ideas, fill in this form, or let me know in the comments. Thank you all for reading!