Don’t Assume

April 2, 2015 | 2

“I asked myself – why don’t I state the race of my characters?  And am I doing something wrong by not explicitly including a diverse cast of characters?  Could I be doing something better? The short answer is yes.” An argument in favor of race bent fanfiction and resisting assumedly white characters from The Missouri Review blog.

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  1. This is the stupidest thing I’ve ever read. The assumption that one can only admire or empathize with characters in fiction (or people in life) if they are the same gender and race as ones self is ridiculous and counter-productive. It should be the thoughts and the behaviors of characters that matters. Emphasizing a character’s color as the source of their importance and depth is superficial and divisive.

  2. Well said, morty. You shouldn’t need to pat yourself on the back while telling everyone that you’re writing characters who are a different gender or race than you. That idea misses the entire point.

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