This week’s topic is ‘diversity in books’!
What do you think is the meaning of diverse?
For me it is when the character is different in any kind of way! So I see Asian or African characters as diverse from me. But also LGBT characters. Both main and side characters!
Who do you think is qualified to write a diverse book?
I would say authors from Asia, can write about Asian characters/cultures. Not necessarily only authors who live/come from Asia, but also have their roots there, so they probably would have heard lots of stories from family members who did live there/ have experiences from there. I have no idea if I’m describing this well!
Kinda the same for the LGBT community, those authors just know best how it is! A straight author just doesn’t have the same experiences as for example a gay author!
And again the same for disability representation, the only person who knows how it is to sit in a wheelchair, is someone how has experienced it!
How do you find diverse books to read?
To be honest, I do not go out of my way looking for diverse books. Older fantasies are generally not diverse, which is a bad thing. But luckily most newer fantasies are diverse! In either the setting or the characters, and I’m loving it!
But I guess the best way to find them is looking on GoodReads etc.! There are loads of lists on there, and you can see how other readers have shelved books! And there are loads of reviewers who shelf their books by their representation, which is great!
What are some diverse topics/PVOs that you specifically look for when you’re finding books and why?
I feel like diverse characters should just be there, since that is the same in the ‘real’ world! Although that is not the case (yet!)
I do look for Asian and African inspired fantasies! I’m loving them, and they show me so many different cultures!
How do you decide if a diverse topic is done well?
For that I think it is best to listen to own-voices reviewers! I mean I can say/think that a certain disability is well represented, but I could not say for sure since I won’t have experienced it!
And that is of course the same for LGBT and different cultures!