I mean,no offense to you guys,but still it gets a bit tiring to see almost all the characters in a book are white.Whether it's contemporary,sci fi or fantasy,the books are filled with white characters.I mean,come on,just how many famous non white characters of fiction can you think up in a minute?
And I don't even want to start about dystopian books.I mean have you ever wondered what happens to the rest of the countries in the world after the certain apocalypse that created the dystopian America?
No trace of them.
Just gone like that.
And why I think we need different country settings in books is because it lets the readers know more about other countries and people,regardless of what the ethnic stereotypes may suggest.
And that brings me to the next point.We need diversity because it will destroy stereotypes.I mean,I really don't get why all Asians are considered to be smartypants.Why do people assume that we are all good in Maths and Science?That all Asians are nerds?
This is just an example.There's so much ethnic and racial stereotypes out there which will only disappear if fictional characters of different races are portrayed as realistic and normal people both in media and books.
Then there's the fact that we readers love it when we can relate to the characters.
How happy would you feel,when you read a book with a character who is from your own country,race or heritage?It's a simple pleasure,where we will be able to immediately connect to them just because they share something with us.But that doesn't happen for everyone,does it?
Finally,diversity in books makes people more broad minded and less judgemental.
I like to admit something here.I was pretty much an anti-gay person when I was younger.I was brought up in a way which encouraged me to frown at the whole concept.
But when I started to read,and discovered characters who belonged to the LGBT community,my views started to change.
If books can make an Asian catholic school girl from a conservative society change her whole mind about this concept just because she read about characters who made her think differently,I think they can make a huge change in the world.There need to be more queer characters in fiction,to show to the world that they are no different and no less normal than the rest of us.
What do you think about more diversity in books?
Why do you think we need it?