So, hiiiii first all.
It’s taking me all to post this. And it’s taken me a long time to write.
Secondly. I’m writing this to express my own opinion. This is not to offend, or to target anyone, author, or any book specifically. I also ask that if you wish write a comment (or e-mail), please keep it kind and considerate. Also, if you are unsure of what I mean at certain points, please ask me in the comments as I don’t want people to misunderstand what I mean at any point and take it negatively.
Lately there had been a lot of talk in the book community about diversity of books. Especailly in YA. And of course, people will have a difference of opinions about books, but the level of agression almost towards others about books isa reaching an unnecessary level.
I’m all for having diverse books, however, what I don’t appreciate is where people tear apart books that other people love because they don’t have loads of diverse characters, or if there is a diverse character and they have negative comments towards the LGBTQ+ society solely for plot purposes and are not the views of the author, just because they personally take offence to an aspect of the book.
I’ve seen some getting offended if the only diverse character in a book was killed off, but again, this is NOT because they have a different ethnicity or different sexual orientation or anything of the sort. This is just because of the dramatic effect and a plot aspect of the book. Again, it is not the author killing off the character solely because they don’t support the LGBTQ+ society or because they’re racist.
What I’ve also seen a lot is people shaming others for not reading books that are classed as “diverse” or by a diverse author; and also, shaming others for not prioritising diverse books. Yes, its great to read diverse books, I ADORE reading a diverse novel, I really do. But just because someone doesn’t only read diverse books doesn’t mean that they hate diversity in books, are racist, or against the LGBTQ+ society and that does not warrant them being shamed for reading books that aren’t classed as ‘diverse’.
Maybe, they don’t like the sound of the overall plot, or (for example) aren’t into contemporaries and therefore, won’t read a contemporary classed as ‘diverse’, but that does not mean that they are more likely to read a contemporary that isn’t classed as ‘diverse’, it only means: they don’t really like reading contemporaries, whether they’re diverse or not.
Furthermore, if one was to only read diverse books, you are doing the exact same thing as the ones you’re shaming, but in reverse. You can’t disregard authors because they don’t include a diverse character in the book. This level of hypocrisy and double standards is unnecessary. In addition to this, why judge someone by what they read and jump to conclusions about them as a person?
People may judge others for reading a book that is controversial, but the idea of controversy is that people have different views and there’s a dominant opinion in a community. But that does not eradicate other’s opinions. Their opinions are just as valid as your own. And sure, you can take offence, but they do not. And you should shame them for this. It’s just a difference in opinion and there is no need to be arguing over it at all.
I think that being able to discuss why you feel one way towards a book is fantastic, and it is something that should be discussed and is a very relevant topic. I think yes, there should be more diversity in books, but that isn’t stopping me from reading certain books just because they lack diversity, nor will it make me judge others who don’t read books that are classed as ‘diverse either’.
I’m going to read whatever I want to read. I’m going to have the opinions that I want to have. I’m not going to force these opinions on to others. I’m going to respect the opinions of others, and listen to what they have to say about a book and its aspects.
At the end of the day, no author is purposely targeting a community. I think that everyone needs to keep that in mind.
I’m writing this to express my own opinion. This is not to offend, or to target anyone, author, or any book specifically. I also ask that if you wish write a comment (or e-mail), please keep it kind and considerate. Also, if you are unsure of what I mean at certain points, please ask me in the comments as I don’t want people to misunderstand what I mean at any point and take it negatively.
Thank you for reading this long post about me rambling about things again.
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