Let’s Talk Bookish is a weekly meme, hosted by Rukky @ Eternity Books & Dani @ Literary Lion, where a topic is presented each week and we get to share our opinions on it and spread some love among others’s opinions too!
This week’s topic is: DIVERSITY IN BOOKS (RUKKY)
When we talk about diverse books we should first of all know what it means. For me diversity books are all those books with voices that are “like mine” meaning, people living in different countries, different cultures, different life situations. Normally books are about white folks in a white world, well, diversity means there are other tones of skin and different ways of seeing the world.
Who can write a diverse book? Someone who lives the diversity in their daily lives, i would never intent to write about an african american girl living in Los Angeles because i have no idea how their lives are there or how it feels to be an african american in the US.
I think being in the XXI century, the way society is developing, we should all have representation in every single way of life. Not only books, but TV, movies, all kinds of art really.
As for a white girl living in a full of diversity country i’m always trying to learn a little more about other cultures, whether they are by country, religion, sexual orientation. And i have to admit that it wasn’t always like that. Now that i understand more of the world i try my best to open my eyes to many topics i never thought about and it was difficult to me to deal with because i felt it so detached from my regular life.
Thankfully, blogging and youtube have opened my life and my eyes to vewry different ways of seen things, books that people recommend teach me everyday about different problems diverse kind of people face everyday, and i am very thankful for being able to see the differences, the injustice, to be able to talk about it, to try and fight however i can. Books have teach me a lot in the past few years and i have nothing to say but thank you to the #OwnVoices movement, the #BlackLivesMatter and many more that are trying to bring to our sight different problems and topics people like me don’t have to live through because of our skin color.
I truly enjoy books about diverse people, not only when they talk about diverseity problems like THUG, but books that are about normal life being a person of color, or a member of the LGBT community, or from other religion. I think these kind of books are so so important, because it shows us everyone live different stuff in their lives, but also we have so much in common. For example in When You Were Everything, it wasn’t about the skin color of the characters, it was about a broken friendship and i believe this kind of topics should be touch by every diverse author, because this way, every kid can see themselves represented.
There isn’t much of a difference of what i look about in a diverse book than in any other book, i look for a well written story, one that touches me and have the ability to make me cry (yes, i adore crying because of books). Many authors are capable of it from Jennifer Niven to Nic Stone. The importance of the story is how powerful and touching they get to be.
I gotta admit i’m lacking a bit on reading about different religions, but i’m really willing to do it, so if you have a great book to recommend me please do.
I hope i don’t sound condescending, i’m really trying to open myself to diverse literature, to different authors, to different ways of life.
I’m glad we are living now in a time where diverse books can be found everywhere, when different authors are being accepted by publishing houses becuase of their talent, because the #OwnVoices movement have incredbly talented authors and i wouldn’t change that for the world.
Thanks so much for giving me the opportunity to talk about the topic to the creators of the weekly meme, and thank you for reading it.
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