Variety and Diversity in YA Books: A Call for Stories
These are the stories that should not be ignored. We need more *different* in books, movies, and everything else.
- It all started with this tweet by Kim Welchons:
- It got me thinking about how we do see the same story over and over again. So I decided to see what stories need to be told, and reached out to my followers to help:
- — Beth Revis (@bethrevis)Fri, Feb 07 2014 15:50:12READERS! I NEED YOUR HELP: pls tweet me with an often-ignored location, history, ethnic grp, or topic you wish to see in more books/movies.
- And the response was, simply, overwhelming:
- — Kaye M. (@gildedspine)Fri, Feb 07 2014 15:52:30@bethrevis I would also like to see more girls first and foremost, in heroic positions. Mako Mori was a triumph for 2013, in my opinion.
- — Aoife Lawlor (@Aoife_Lawlor)Fri, Feb 07 2014 15:53:28@bethrevis Ireland in general...very few non-Irish authors use our beautiful country which is rich in folklore and magic for their novels!
- — Kody Keplinger (@Kody_Keplinger)Fri, Feb 07 2014 15:53:46@bethrevis Legal blindness. (Not total blindness, but legal blindness, which is actually 9 times more common and never represented.)
- — Kaye M. (@gildedspine)Fri, Feb 07 2014 15:59:38@bethrevis All different types of Asians. We are not a homogenous group, and being half-South Asian, I'd want to see more there, too.
- — Melissa Grey (@meligrey)Fri, Feb 07 2014 16:02:40@bethrevis I'd like to see more Latina characters that aren't stereotyped as spitfires/whores/maids/from the bad side of town by default.
- — Corinne Duyvis (@corinneduyvis)Fri, Feb 07 2014 16:02:56@bethrevis A much broader portrayal of disabled people, particularly "casual" portrayals where the disability isn't the main story.
- — Corinne Duyvis (@corinneduyvis)Fri, Feb 07 2014 16:04:00@bethrevis e.g. wrt autism, we tend to only see a very narrow portrayal of autistic characters. They're quirky, or inspiring, or broken.
- — Corinne Duyvis (@corinneduyvis)Fri, Feb 07 2014 16:04:57@bethrevis They're either very "high functioning", or they're barely even written as PEOPLE. I'd like to see more nuance & diversity.
- — Jennifer White (@JenniferBWhite)Fri, Feb 07 2014 16:03:49@bethrevis You said gender identities; what abt sexualities? I'd like 2 see more bisexuals who aren't magically "cured" by "picking a side."
- — MB (@manamitru)Fri, Feb 07 2014 16:03:03@bethrevis ROMANIA minus the vampire theme, People's House http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Palace_of_the_Parliament …
- — Tristina Wright (@TristinaWright)Fri, Feb 07 2014 16:06:02@bethrevis Bisexual main characters. Genderfluid, Intersex, Trans youth. Asexual, aromantic main characters.