This weeks topic is ‘What is the meaning of diverse books?’, Which I think is a very interesting but hard topic!
We talk a lot about diverse books and reads, but what really makes a book diverse?
So I’m a straight white girl from West-Europe, non-religious. So basically what is said to be the most ‘common’ character arc haha.
So, to me, a diverse book contains any kind of character that is different then me. This can be a character from a different part of the world, Asia/Africa/South-America (I do not consider USA to be diverse from me), any different skin colour, different sexuality, but also religion! I see this as diverse to me since these characters will have grown up in different circumstances from what is ‘normal’ to me. So from these characters I can learn a lot! Best is of course if these characters are written by an author having similar backgrounds as the character. For example a Muslim author knows way better how it is to be a Muslim then a non-religious author!
Are books written by authors or about characters from Eastern Europe (Lithuania, Ukraine, Hungary, etc) considered diverse?
With the previous question I did not list this as a ‘different’ location then me, but actually it should be there. I know how it is to grow up in West-Europe, and I’ve lived in Estonia (East-Europe) for a year, and I can definitely say that there are quite some differences. Main thing is that West is considered rich, while East not so much (of course this does depend on location), and you can definitely see that in certain places!
Would you consider a book set in Spain about a Spanish main character diverse? Why or why not?
To me personally, not so much. Since I do not see Spain as very different as The Netherlands. Of course there are differences, but not enough for me to really call it diverse. On the other hand, I would consider Spanish characters from South-America as diverse. Since they are more different then me!
Does diverse mean character or authors from South America, Asia and Africa, or from different religious, sexual, ability etc backgrounds only?
(This question is worded a bit confusingly?!) I think I already kinda answered this question. To me characters or authors from a different location as me (South-America, Asia, Africa), as well as having a different religion, sexuality or ability are considered diverse.
I hope I worded this discussion in a right way, without saying something wrong..! I do think the meaning of diverse is very personal. I also think it is very important to read books from diverse authors or with diverse characters, since it can learn you a lot about the world!