Hello guys! So as you can tell by the title of this post is going to be about everything diverse. Well not everything, I will be mainly focusing on the reading end and why at the end of a long day, or on the bus or just on my way to school I find myself reading books that are not on the diverse kind.
All over the book community, people have been advocating for diversity, myself being a great supporter of this diverse books movement, but even though I want more diversity, I sometimes find I want a different kind of diverse books then other bibliophiles. What I mean is I don’t want diversity to be there just to be there. I don’t want a book shoving all of these different cultures, sexualities, races and the rest just to have the tag ‘diverse book’. This leads on to my first main reason.
1) I don’t want diversity shoved in my face
Some books just don’t know how to do subtly well. Just a quick mention of the race or skin colour or sexuality of a character is enough for me and I guess I’m just ‘afraid’ that some diverse books well just vomit diversity over every page. Just knowing a character is different from the conventional is good enough. My ‘fear’ isn’t ill-founded either, I have read some books that just seem to try too hard to fit the diverse quota, I find there is a normally two categories for this actually. Either they try so hard which causes characters to become their diversity as a character trait or the diversity issue becomes the entire plot.
2) Where are they though?
I know I just went on on one saying that I don’t want to diversity to be shoved in my face while reading the book, but I do want it to be shoved in my face when a book is being promoted! I guess I am just looking for a day or week or something that spotlights diverse books. Thankfully books that are more popular are becoming much more diverse, but we all know some of the best books we have read are sometimes those without the spotlight. So I think the solution to this reason is there to be a lot more spotlight on diverse books as a whole in the book community. We are making waves, but there is still a lot we can do.
What do you think? I hope my points don’t sound too contradicting! So yes I want diverse books to be hyped up a bit more, but I don’t want the the diverse point to overpower the bigger plot of the story?
Do you read diverse books? If so where do you hear about them? If not, why? Be sure to comment below and lets talk!