I had quite some trouble with this week’s Top Ten Tuesday prompt, which is ‘Top Ten Books I Wish Had (More/Less) X In Them’. I couldn’t think of anything, until I had a conversation with my friend about ‘critique your faves’. If you didn’t know, critique your faves has been a thing going around in the bookish community for some time where people talk about their faves and what’s wrong with them. Kind of to realize that you can love something, but still see it’s flaws.
For example: I love Harry Potter, but I can see that it’s very flawed in means of LGBT+ rep. Also, Lavender Brown was a WoC in the first few movies, but when she started being more important to the story, she was recast as a white woman. Harry Potter definitely has it’s problematic things (the things I named are obviously not the only things), but I can still love it.
This is exactly what I want to do in this post. I want to take some books I like(d), and talk about how they could have been better, diversity-wise.
Also, I know some of you might not like this, but I want to remind you that diversity is a very very important issue, and that it’s totally okay to see flaws in a book.
A lot of the books on my list have the exact same problems (which is why I’m not going to talk about each book individually): they’re heteronormative and almost every single character is white, and able-bodied. This is such a shame, because I would’ve loved an f/f version of The Selection, or maybe a bisexual main character who has to choose between people from all genders? YES, now I kind of want someone to write this. Or maybe a version of the Hunger Games where Katniss is disabled but still kicks ass? Or maybe a version of Percy Jackson where Percy has anxiety??
Okay, now I’m just getting carried away with some great story ideas, let me get back to the point.
A book that I do want to talk individually about is Cinder, or rather, the whole Lunar Chronicles series. This book has been called out multiple times for it’s cultural appropriation . I really wish Marissa Meyer had done more research regarding the Chinese culture, because it’d have made the book so much better.
Another book I want to talk about individually is Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief. Rick Riordan has some very great rep in his latest books (The Hidden Oracle has a bi MC, and Magnus Chase has a Muslim heroine and a genderfluid character), but there is hardly any rep in his first few books. I really wish these books would’ve had great rep from the start.
So, tell me, what books do you wish had more diverse characters in them?
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YES! you can love problematic things. Great post 🙂
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DUDE YES definitely Harry Potter and The Hunger Games and Percy Jackson! I actually didn’t know that Marissa Meyer had been called out for cultural appropriation, so I’m glad I know that now because I still have a few books in the Lunar Chronicles left to read and now I can do so with a more critical eye!
I didn’t know either until I saw a blog post someone wrote about it, which was definitely an eye-opener! I’m really glad you’ll be reading them with a more critical eye. Please let me know what you think!
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Now I can’t stop imagining how awesome an f/f the selection could’ve been.
Omg yes, it would’ve been so much better! I kinda need someone to write it
Percy Jackson has ADHD and dyslexia.
I think every demigod had ADHD and dyslexia? But yes, I love that rep! It’s great! I just wish this series had more LGBT+ rep, and more people of color. I think every person in this series is white? I’m not 100% sure, though
Yeah, I think every demigod has ADHD and dyslexia. It does lack in LGBTQIA+ rep but I thought that the satyr was POC… you know what, I’ve actually got this as a reread on my Kindle, so I’ll be more certain then 🙂 .
Let me know once you find out! But the only character of color being a half goat feels a bit icky tbh
This was such a great, true post! I absolutely love the Selection, and yet, all the girls in it were white, able-bodied, etc. The same thing with Cinder which I absolutely adored, but am really disappointed in the cultural appropriation. It’s so important to be able to love a book and still understand its shortfalls. Awesome post! 🙂