Happy BLOGMAS Day 27!
Let’s Talk Bookish is a weekly meme hosted by Rukky @ Eternity Books
There are chosen topics to discuss and share your opinions on.
Please link back to the host!
This Friday’s topic is: Who do you think is qualified to write a book with diverse characters?
Short answer: Everyone.
I don’t think there should be qualifications. Even if it is an own voices book, everyone is different. What rings true for someone may not have any significance to someone else. If an author who isn’t “diverse” does their research, then I don’t see any issues with writing a novel with diverse characters. Will the book seem more realistic? Maybe, but that specific person could also just be a horrible writer.
There is so much pressure to be inclusive, but there is so much hate toward authors who don’t have that “qualification”. It’s all fiction and there will always be problematic books. Just let people have fun, and if it absolutely offends you, then state your opinions and move on. One person isn’t more qualified to write a book with diverse characters than the next. I’m sure if the reader didn’t know who the author was, it wouldn’t make a blatant difference.
Please remember that this is my opinion. There is no right or wrong answer.
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