Attanya: #WeNeedDiverseBooks because I love science fiction and fantasy books, but I’m tired of authors treating dragons and robots and magic as more plausible than black and brown characters
Jennifer: #WeNeedDiverseBooks because… when I was 13 a white girl told me it was selfishthat all of the protagonists in my stories were Latina because she “just can’t relate to nonwhite characters.” She made me feel guilty for writing about people like me.
Aiesha: #WeNeedDiverseBooks because…Black Girls are more than sidekicks or “sassy, ghetto friend”
Facts and Figures About Race/Ethnicity in YA and Children’s Lit:
- 88% of the books on the 2013 Publisher’s Weekly YA Bestsellers were about white protagonists
- 93% of the authors on the 2013 Publisher’s Weekly YA Bestsellers were white authors
- 85% of the books on the 2014 Young Adult Library Services Association’s Best Fiction for Young Adults list were about white protagonists
- 90% of the authors on the 2014 Young Adult Library Services Association’s Best Fiction for Young Adults list were white authors
- 91% of the authors on the 2013 New York Times’s Bestseller Lists for YA and Children’s Lit were white authors.
- According to the 2012 Cooperative Children’s Book Center, only 3.3% of books were about African-American protagonists; only 2.1% were about Asian and Pacific Islander protagonists; only 1.5% were about Latinx protagonists; and only 0.6% were about Native American protagonists. That means over 90% of children’s books surveyed were about white protagonists.
I wouldn’t mind if they shook it up a little to be honest.
Okay but the second one is saying “I isn’t like when someone told me to write differently so I think you should write differently” they are acting like there is one person that writes all the books. People should write what they want to write not what some quota for diversity says. If you want a book that’s different write one or promote one.
I don’t disagree I’ve already spoken on this before. If you want books the way you want write them yourself. I’m just saying from a personal perspective I wouldn’t mind reading something different in the fantasy/dystopian genre. I’m not saying pressure Authors to do what you want.
I wasn’t really addressing you. Mostly the girl in the second picture. Sorry
If you want books with diverse characters, then write them yourself.
I’ll write whatever the fuck I want. My book, my characters, diverse or not (or undefined).