|Credit to Corona Zchusschen, illustrator|
Okay, so it shouldn't have been a surprise, but any person who takes a look at what is commercially successful in the publishing industry has to choose to ignore the diversity-less-ness that is there.
I've seen various Facebook memes and Twitter hashtags pointing out the need for diversity in publishing when it comes to characters of color as well as promoting authors of color (I would think this goes for LGBT as well). I participated in a bloghop a while back surrounding this theme. I believe people are hearing the message, but I guess the real questions are: What are the results? Does it matter? How do you go about encouraging diversity when what sells and is making the money isn't usally heavy on the diversity?
You see that inked girl above? Her story didn't come about because the author sat down and actively wrote a story with a woman of color as the MC (main character). The author was inspired by a song. The characters formed of their own accord: black heroine and asian hero, both damaged by parents when all they wanted was love. It's an action story with paranormal elements and the hope for love woven throughout. It happens to have a diverse cast of players.
I can only imagine the diversity of the characters having a chance to take second or third place in the "noticed an interesting thing" category as diversity becomes the norm instead of the exception.
I can only imagine how many people recognize the above character and/or the book she comes from (as a hint, the book title is somewhere on this blog page lol!) Do you?