I recommend this article to everyone, whether you’re an author or a reader or just breathing. We need to step outside of narrow-mindedness and expectations. We need to embrace diversity, not just in people but in stories. There’s more to life than shoving people into boxes and regurgitating the same old stereotypes.
I’ve got a lot to say about this. How to organize my thoughts…
So a while ago, a fairly large review site posted a review of a book that was mostly positive. However, at the end of the review, they lamented the fact that the main characters were in an interracial relationship, but that fact wasn’t addressed and explored fully in the book. The reviewer felt that it was impossible for people in an interracial relationship not to receive backlash for it, and that the book should have addressed and included that backlash.
Similarly, another author I follow recently received a review for a short story they wrote in which both of the characters ID as trans. The story is a fairly short, cute romance, but the reviewer thought it was odd that the author didn’t delve deeper into the characters’ past, and their trans identities.
Noticing a trend?
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