There's a discussion happening on Twitter on Many 1st, and it's all about diversity in books. Why do we need it? How can we get more of it?
How can you be a part of it? #WeNeedDiverseBooks.
I love writing about different races, species, and cultures in my fantasy series. Of course, in Treehugger and Risktaker, diversity is often about extra limbs, odd forms, strange skin colors, and beliefs most Earthlings might find odd. Still, I enjoy challenging my characters to relate to each other despite their differences. The entire Jacondorian experiment brings diverse beings together to the point where differences are their common denominator. As a result, the sentinels involved have developed tremendous empathy and understanding in their acceptance of each other and the cultures they meet.
Here on Earth, learning about and experiencing our fellow human beings can bring us closer to accepting our differences and finding the more common traits we share. Ask yourself if you've ever read a book whose main character practices a different religion or comes from a different culture. What about a character with a handicap? If we only read about people who are just like us, we risk boxing ourselves in and losing another opportunity to find our commonalities and understand our differences.
Please check out We Need Diverse Books to learn about their campaign. Thank you!