Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Pick Your Brain

I hope this is something that doesn't take a whole lot of brain power to answer. Just in case, here's a little virtual treat to fortify you :-)
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But I'm curious as to what does...

#WeNeedDiverseBooks

mean to you?

20 comments:

  1. It means a lot to me. As I'm sure you realize, there are not enough books for kids who are minorities. They don't see enough characters in books that look like them and have experiences like them. I went through that with my daughter who is Asian by birth and Mexican because my husband was. I'm really glad there is more focus on this now.

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    1. I wonder what we can do to get beyond just awareness and be more active in action?

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  2. Honestly, I'm not sure, but since it's infusion I've seen more stories with Asian protagonists to be sure. I've got a super secret love project in the works with a Latino protagonist, but shhh! You didn't hear that from me.

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  3. It means more books with minority protagonists to me. I hope there has been some progress made on this front but obviously there is still a way to go. I hope that more and more minority authors will publish their stories so that we have a more diverse literary landscape.

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    1. It's a challenge, not just in getting published or self-publishing, but getting more exposure and acceptance. But it's worth it.

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    2. I tend to miss out on hashtags, so this is the first I've seen this one. For me, the first thing it means is more books with minority characters. But I think that stands on the shoulders of more minority authors. We need both, and enough of both, to reach the point where a black female protagonist, for example, is commonplace. Although now that I think about it, frequent black male protagonists would be even better. Black males desperately need to be brought into the larger culture and shown as leaders, crime-fighters, derring-do heroes, and passionate lovers. Those are books I would read.

      White authors can do this in their stories, and they should. But more minority authors, please! When I think of the power of Octavia Butler's stories, I can see depths in her characters that a white author might miss.

      As an SF&F reader and author, I'm used to accepting The Other. Different people and cultures are second nature. But there's a huge and humbling responsibility when the character, and the character's world, are real-life human Others. Which they are not, by the way. Other. They are Us, every bit as much as the "majority" population. We desperately need our stories to reflect that reality.

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    3. Just...wow to everything you said :-)

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  4. I think it means we need writers telling their stories from all races, religions, and cultures.

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  5. To me it means we need books that embrace every kind of person, every race, religion, culture, every walk of life, every type of family. Someone (I forget who, sorry!) said that every child should have the opportunity to see themselves in books, so that means we need books for every child. (And I guess it applies to adults as well, but since I write for kids that's where my mind automatically goes :) )

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    1. It's so much easier to relate when you can identify with and understand.

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  6. I'm not sure. On the one hand it could mean we're lacking in diversity so it's a call to action.

    I prefer to see it as we have diverse books available just waiting for hungry minds to devour.

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    1. Now if only we can figure how to get the books to the hungry minds :-)

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  7. I'd agree with the other comments, though I'd say there are so many books out there now and that keep coming that there already does seem to be a lot of diversity available for those who look for them.

    Arlee Bird
    A to Z Challenge Co-host
    Tossing It Out

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    1. I wonder if the for those who look for them part is one of the issues. Can be difficult to find something when it isn't made available or searching comes up empty even if you try.

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    2. On the other hand, maybe the potential reading audience needs to be expanded by building a broader reading base. After all, publishing, hence writing, is ultimately a market based economy. If there is not enough audience who will read a genre then it's less likely that genre will attract the support of publishers and writers.

      Lee

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  8. I was confused about the definition of "diverse books" until I Googled it. And so, here is my one and a half cents worth:
    There are as many diverse books as there are diverse readers and writers.

    It all goes back to Write what you enjoy and like-minded people will come.
    Author of Wilder Mage at Spirit Called
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    1. Writing what you enjoy is always important.

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