Thoughts on Diversity in Books

Discuss the January 2017 Book of the Month, We Are the Ants by Shaun David Hutchinson.
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Post by ellieonline03 »

I seldom find books with gay characters, let alone those where they are the main characters. I tend to shift from my usual genre readings once in a while so I could have time to explore other genres. Maybe it is because there is no market for this? I'm not sure.
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I'm completely for diversity in books. We live in a diverse world where there are people of different religions, sexual preferences, skin colors, etc. The books we read should reflect the world we live in.
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Post by Shein30438 »

I definitely believe diversity in the characters is important, but at the same time I feel it is somewhat the job of the reader to picture the character in the light of different perspectives. How many times have you read a novel, and when a movie comes out about it, you were like I did not picture the character that way? I know there are a lot of times the author gives me a full detail of a person and I still cannot picture them the way the author is portraying that character. That's the great thing about reading as compared to watching a movie, you can see them in any light you want.
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FangirlAhead wrote:Coming from the YA (young adult) book blogging community, I've noticed a lot of talk about how minorities are underrepresented in literature. Think about it: before reading We Are the Ants, when was the last time you read a book where the main character was a person of color or was LGBTQ+? And what do you think we as readers can do to encourage diversity? I don't have any clear answers myself, so I'm inviting everyone to contribute their thoughts!
It always helps to share - to encourage people of minority to read the books that you
have read! You could give the book to an young adult of color and ask them to read
it, if the main character is a person of color.

You could buy them book gift cards to encourage them to read a specific book.

You can conduct local community meetups of a specific minority to discuss that specific book.

You can create email lists to share reviews of books specific to that community so that they
get to see it and get motivated to read the book..

..and so on.

The key here is getting them involved in whatever way possible, and open the door
to possibilities, so that they can explore.

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Post by csimmons032 »

I have read several Christian fiction books where the main characters are of different races. The books by William Young are a good example of this. As far as YA novels go, I can't think of any right on the spot right now, but I am sure that there are plenty out there.
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Post by Naval Aulakh »

I don't think that there are very less books where a protagonist is not from a minority. There are many books but are not that popular among readers.
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