DISCLAIMER: this post is my personal opinion and is also what I’d like to have for diversity in an ideal world, also, to those of you who don’t know me or read my blog often, I have a very dry sense of humour, I’m very sarcastic and I find exaggeration funny, please keep this in mind, my intention is never ever ever to offend 🧡🧡
Hello, everyone! So, I have briefly mentioned this topic a couple of times before but I felt it was one that I should probably discuss further and dedicate a whole post to, as you may have heard (read?) me mention, I DO NOT ACTIVELY SEEK OUT DIVERSE BOOKS… sorry. But, before you judge me, let me explain.
I think we can all agree on one thing: diversity is a normal thing, through you life you are going to see, meet, pass, encounter and know a ton of people, and a lot of them will be ‘diverse’, whether that be for their sexuality, race, religion or something completely different, and let’s all agree on another thing most people do not get excited when they meet a ‘diverse’ person because diversity is a normal thing! It truly isn’t something to get madly excited over, because, technically speaking, that would be treating someone differently based on a trait of theirs, which is considered wrong. So, I will not look for a book that has diversity left, right and centre, mostly because, this diversity is often used as a marketing tool, instead of ‘Buy my book! It’s about [insert here] and I worked really hard on it and I think a lot of people will enjoy it!’, people will say ‘Buy my book! It has a gay/Asian/black/other character in it, which means you just have to buy it’ You see where my issue is coming from now?
Also, I read because I love it, I am well aware of diversity, I’m in perhaps one of the most diverse areas in the world and I myself am Asian, and I do not need to read ~diverse books~ if the book doesn’t even interest me in the first place, just for the sake of reading a diverse book.
As horrible as it sounds, diversity in books is almost becoming a trend, you can’t have a successful book unless you are marketing is as having diversity included, which isn’t right. Diversity is normal, you don’t need to bring it up 276310 times in your blurb, it should just be there, casually and normally, because that is what it is, having a Indian best friend in a book? Normal. Having a white best friend? Also normal. Being gay? Normal. Being straight? Also normal. Diversity is not here to help sell books, it is here because we live on planet earth. I’m all for there being more diverse characters, but I want it done normally, which leads me to my next post.
This one is pretty obvious to me, if you market a book as diverse, that creates a divide between ‘normal’ books and the ‘diverse’ books, which is surely exactly what we don’t want, right? If you make a big deal of diversity, albeit for the ‘right’ reasons, it becomes acceptable for everyone to make a big deal out of it, and that isn’t what people want! That is going backwards, that is creating a further divide between everyone, because diverse people are made a big deal of in the media. Which is not normal. Diversity? Normal. Shouting from the rooftops that a book is special simply because of it’s diversity? NOT NORMAL
- Mara Dyer trilogy, MC is part-Indian, portions of the book flash back to her (full-Indian) grandmother’s life in India, this was used a total of 0 times to sell the book that I’m aware of.
- Warcross Asian MC, and Marie Lu doesn’t even have it tattooed on her head
- Save The Date, best friend has two dads, it is mentioned one time, and we all move on with our lives
- Harry Potter, Indian twins who were never used as a marketing strategy, and, although it was never a part of the books, Dumbledore was gay
- Cinder, MC is from New Beijing and it was mentioned once in the blurb because this is a dystopian, was never used to sell the book, the plot did that.
- The Mortal Instruments believe it or not, Cassandra Clare did not use her gay characters in the blurb of her book, I know! It can be done!
- To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before half-Korean MC and we are all chill with it (the movie is a different story, in that case, the diversity was 10000% used for marketing)
And there we have it! I hope you can see where I’m coming from in this post now ❤ Do you agree with me, let me know! And if you’d like to, feel free to (politely, I’m easily offended) ask any questions or challenge my opinion in the comments! Thank you so much for reading, and I hope you enjoyed, I’ll talk to you all in my next post ❤
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