DISCUSSION // whiteness in the book community

Hey everyone!

In the last post I wrote that was a tag about the books I’ve read so far this year, I mentioned that I really wanted to have a discussion about defunding the police (please click on the link! educate yourself!) but I decided that although I would LOVE to write about it, it 1) is mentally draining, 2) requires a lot of research on my part, and 3) is something that hundreds/thousands of others have written on WAY better than me.

So instead of writing to you about defunding the police (like I said, check out the link!), I’m going to talk about a topic that is super prevalent to our little niche of the internet- and something that should be talked about a lot more.

The book industry and, in a way, the book BLOGGING industry upholds a tiring system of internalized whiteness.

I just want to start this post by making myself clear: I absolutely love the bookish community and the people that I interact with! I also do have lots of love for some books by white authors- which I’ll touch on a little bit later- and am in no way saying that you shouldn’t be a white author or white book blogger.

(get ready for a long post, kids.)

Whiteness and white supremacy is not an individual issue. It’s not even that we as a community think that white voices are inherently “better” than the voices of POC, which is why I hesitate to use the words white supremacy- however, this term has an evolving definition which extends to the practices in communities that intentionally OR unintentionally devalues the work, existence, and contributions of non-white people.

There are several articles on how white supremacy shows up in organizations and communities (the linked post is a really interesting read) but I can quickly summarize a few key points that are valuable to note.

Perfectionism, individualism, performative anti-racism, and a refusal of stepping outside of your comfort zone are all ways that we see cultural impacts on organizing and industries.

The article I linked expands more on those ideas, but the main points that I mentioned above that are especially present in the bookish community/industry are performative anti-racism and a refusal to step outside of your comfort zone.

Performative anti-racism, AKA performative activism, is when we see many authors and publishers post #BLACKOUTTUESDAY on their Instagrams and Twitters without addressing the very real and very pressing issue of underpaying authors of color and upholding racist structures in their work.

That is something many BIPOC authors spoke about in the recently viral #PublishingPaidMe hashtag on Twitter was that BIPOC authors- some of whom sold tens of thousands in book sales– were paid significantly less than their white counterparts (many of whom did not have nearly the expertise/content that these BIPOC authors did).

What is heartwarming is that we had hundreds of authors- BIPOC, white, famous, upcoming, all of them- share what they were paid and their experiences with the industry, all in an act of solidarity that stands with BIPOC authors.

However, other authors mentioned that their stories and #OwnVoices pitches to publishers were often met with indifference not in spite of the representation, but BECAUSE of it. They were deemed as “too radical” (because somehow showing normal teenagers doing normal teenage things + the occasional magic and time travel are “radical” now) and “wouldn’t sell well”.

See, the last sentence is why we have BIPOC authors paid less. Publishing that is run for and by an internalized stifling system is going to think that #OwnVoices stories won’t sell well, or that they can’t be marketable.

Inherently, this is telling many authors that their intricate and vulnerable stories are not worth as much as a generic story, only because of the difference of race.

This is also a very real way of showing the second system of white supremacy- an unwillingness to step outside of your comfort zone.

We see publishers reluctant to pay Black and Brown authors but willing to post a black square on Instagram. We see white authors with huge platforms (cough, all your problematic favs like SJM and Rainbow Rowell) retweeting “we see you, we hear you, we stand with you” but continuing to write all-white casts and kill off the first and only POC in their books. (not to mention the harmful representation with an Asian Manon, but May @ Forever And Everly covered that much better than I could).

Now, I did (some) research and found some statistics about publishing BIPOC stories. 

Incredibly famous author Roxane Gay who published Bad Feminist (with over 80,000 reviews on Goodreads) and author Matt Haig who published the book Reasons To Stay Alive (which has 40,000 reviews, nearly half of Bad Feminist) both shared how much they were paid.

Roxane was paid $15k in advance for Bad Feminist whereas Matt Haig was paid $25,000 for his sixth book (he said that he was paid even more later) even though it was barely half as popular as Bad Feminist.

As you can see, we clearly see the disparities from what a Black woman is being paid vs what a white man is being paid.

That’s not all, though.

According to CCBC, the majority of books about people of color are written by white people. This stat shocked me too. Is it bad for white people to write people of color? Heck, no! There’s more to delve into there but the short answer is no. However, it is deeply upsetting that BIPOC authors aren’t even given the chance to share their OWN stories.

Part of the narrative of xenophobia and racism through stereotyping is because of media portrayal of POC and if we continue to have our stories told through a white lens/ lense that does not accurately portray us, then this stereotyping will only continue.

Out of 3,7000 books, only 122 were #OwnVoices and written by a Black author. I’ll remind you- around 13% of the USA population is Black. That’s barely 3% of the books that were analyzed.

How horrible is that?

Yeah, it’s incredibly sad. P.S.- everything I’m saying about the statistics of publishing BIPOC authors also applies to LGBTQ+ authors, however, this post is specifically focused on racial disparities, and the majority of other points I bring up in this post are unique to BIPOC authors.

We also need to remember that the book blogging community isn’t exempt from criticism, too.

It’s no surprise that our book blogging community is majority white- but in my opinion, we also do a pretty damn wonderful job of supporting #OwnVoices authors.

At least, some parts of the community do.

There is the book blogging niche which is younger- GenZ and younger millennial book bloggers- and we try and uplift BIPOC stories as much as possible while also loving the classic YA series like Six of Crows and others. There’s also the older book blogging niche, which is mostly comprised of bloggers in their 30s who read lots of adult romance novels and some YA- all/most written by white authors.

Although this isn’t my preferred genre, I 100% support reading books that make you happy. However, being conscious about the type of content that you consume (lots of the books in these genres that I’ve seen on Goodreads tend to err on the problematic side) is something that all niches in the book blogging world should take responsibility for.

And even in the younger YA side of the book blogging world, there’s always drama going on in Twitter.

Aside from that, I try to stay out of Twitter drama (which can be especially extremely exhausting for those whose identities are being DEBATED).

However, the other day I hopped onto Goodreads to give some book recs to a mutual friend who was asking for them- and I was sincerely shocked by what I saw.

I don’t want to put in screenshots because I’m too lazy to blur out the names but I will tell you what others recommended to this mutual friend.

Nearly everyone recommended (in GLOWING reviews and raving paragraphs!) ACOTAR and TOG by Sarah J. Maas (once again, a problematic author and two v problematic series- nothing wrong with liking it! I was obsessed with TOG. But to say that it’s the best book in existence is disgusting) and so many people recommended John Green, Victoria Aveyard, Marissa Meyer, Holly Black, Rainbow Rowell (ew), Cassie Clare (did I mention… problematic?) and other popular white authors.

What I had a problem with was the glorification of these stories, the readers who claim that these books are the best in existence and that if an author drops one (1) gay/Black character in their story they’re automatically “an ally who is tRyiNg tHeiR bEsT”. Seriously, I hate when white authors are praised for doing the ABSOLUTE bare minimum.

This is especially relevant after we’ve seen white fans commenting under big-name celebrities’ blackout Tuesday posts saying “thank you”. It honestly makes no sense to me. Who are they thanking? Why are they thanking them??

Another issue there is in the YA community is claiming that Leigh Bardugo is the epitome of “diverse”.

Don’t get me wrong! I’m absolute trash for the SoC duology and I love the characters with all my heart but it’s so simple to acknowledge that if you think that SoC is the “most diverse” story, you either 1) have not read any books by BIPOC and LGBTQ+ authors or 2) are one of those annoying stans who hate anyone who criticizes their favorite author. Sadly, both of these are completely probable.

There are SO many other AMAZING books by QPOC authors (check out May’s amazing list here!) that so we are SLEEPING on. These are amazing, amazing #OwnVoices reads which have accurate & beautiful representation of the diverse readers that enjoy them. Instead of just reading M/M written by white middle-aged women (sorry y’all, calling out Simon right now… definitely a gem! but like SoC, it shouldn’t be praised for “being the most diverse”), start looking into reading books by Black authors, by Asian authors, by sapphic authors, by authors with different marginalized identities, etc.


There’s really no way for me to conclude this post after that brain vomit rant I just offered you, but I do want to mention this:

I have absolutely no hate for anyone who liked any of the books I mentioned in this post! I myself am a huge fan of some of them. The point of this post is not to “cancel” authors, but to make ourselves more aware of the books we read and the books we DON’T read, too.

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This post was hard for me to write, more so because I was tiptoeing around speaking my mind and because it is a huge! post! so I hope you forgive me for the number of words I’m forcing you to read. 😂

Did you agree with some of these points? What did you disagree with? (I’d love to have a civil discussion in the comments!) What lesser-known books by POC do you recommend?

xoxoadiforadi1

37 thoughts on “DISCUSSION // whiteness in the book community

  1. Wow, I had no idea about the statistics in publishing–though I guess I shouldn’t be surprised 😒 I definitely agree that the book community should do more to promote POC authors rather than constantly pushing the community’s new white problematic fave. I love your post!

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  2. Ahhhhh yessss my little activist taking on the world! (So proud of you for continuing to talk about difficult issues 😘)

    I just wanna share some of my experiences as a white reader to this conversation 🙂
    I catch myself a lot of the time not being interested in BIPOC books & when I think about this more I think it’s because I just don’t relate to the premise. A short goodreads synopsis isn’t enough to entice me into it, especially because a lot of them centre around whatever culture is in them (does that make sense? What I’m trying to say is that synopsises latch onto the fact that they’re diverse & don’t actually give you info to the actual plot like ‘normal’ synopsises do) Of course I love to know that books are diverse & specifically #ownvoice but as quite a plot driven reader these synopsises lack substance for me & fail to get me excited. (Also linking back to me being a white reader; I recognise my privilege of my main culture being represented in books already, so when diverse books come out I don’t have that same feeling of finally seeing myself represented & getting excited just for that.)

    Of course when I actually read them it’s a whole nother story! I love learning about other people & how different cultures see the world (it’s the whole reason I read 😆) so I’m trying to listen to more recs from people that have read diverse books & can detail a bit more what the actual plot is so I can also get excited for BIPOC books 😄

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    1. Stahp you’re going to make my laugh- oops, I mean cry 😂
      Hmm, that’s a really interesting perspective that I never would have thought of. I appreciate that you make an active effort to read books by BIPOC authors! I can SEE that if a book specifically revolves around a culture that you’re not part of it *might* not interest you as much just because you don’t know whatever the heck is going on? (you can see me grasping at straws here)
      I think that that’s a block that you need to overcome! Personally, I usually have no problems reading stories about other people’s cultures as a character-driven reader, but I can see it being a bit different for someone who cares about the plot more.
      The thing is, there are so many books by BIPOC authors that don’t actually focus on the culture/racial tensions at all! They’re just about people of color doing normal people things 😂 and it’s completely fine to read those books too! I also recommend checking out blogs like The Quiet Pond, Forever And Everly, and Leelynn’s blog (i dunno if you know these ppl but i can text you links) because they promote a really really wide variety of books by BIPOC authors. Not all of them will be centered around culture, and lots of them are just normal stories.
      I’m v glad that you’re trying to read more diverse books! That’s amazing, and I’m always here to give you recs 😉 I hope you’ll be able to overcome the block of not being interested in BIPOC books from the synopsis (I think it’s just a matter of 1) not finding books that are plot-driven bc lots of them are character-oriented and 2) the way we’re conditioned to think in undervaluing certain stories that aren’t “about us/the dominant culture” if that makes sense? not really your fault at all lol but def something that we should all work on unlearning).
      OKAY SO I WROTE A 239423 RESPONSE TO YOUR COMMENT but yes ty for commenting m’dear 😘

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  3. Also I’ve heard that white people said “omjg we forgive youuuu uwu” to (dang I already forgot his name the YouTuber that only apologized after Jenna Marbles made it a trend) LIKE WHY ARE Y’ALL ACCEPTING HIS APOLOGY? IT DIDN’T AFFECT YOU SO IT’S NOT YOUR PLACE it’s like saying “I forgive you for punching that random guy in the face” when he apologized to said random guy? And also was it even an apology tho? I didn’t watch the video but I heard it’s basically “I’m sorry I blame it all on my friendssss I’m sorry for letting them sway me into misdeeds uwuuuuuuu oh and also I can still money from these videos hahah” But that’s what I heard idk how much is correct lol

    And honestly I can’t stand SJM’s books theyRE SO BORING and also I read Sophie’s post and I am so confused tbh

    THIS WHOLE THING IS CONFUSING HOW DO PEOPLE SEE RACISM AND NOT THINK ITS WRONG maybe it’s just the Captain America in me but I honestly don’t understand how people can dismiss racist ideas like that/ think nothing’s wrong. Like, if you’re white and don’t know how it is to be a poc or something and you hear AN ACTUAL POC SAY ITS RACIST WHY WOULD YOU AUTOMATICALLY ASSUME THEY’RE WRONG DONT THEY KNOW WHAT THEYRE TALKING ABOUT??! I’m so confused

    But hey anyway I think you did a fantastic job but also DONT BE AFRAID TO SPEAK YOUR MIND SERIOUSLY IF ANYONE HATES ON YOU FOR THAT ITS THEIR FAULT tho I understand being terrified that ppl will yell at you ahahahfhhhesjdjf

    I’m not very good at knowing whether or not a book is “lesser known” but I liked Monday’s Not Coming by Tiffany D Jackson (oh and she has a new book coming out and iTS YELLOW ITS SO PRETTY THO) and as always I will say waste of space because waste of space is one of my absolute favorite books I have ever read ok I’m pretty sure I’ve already rec’d it to you before but whatever

    Also random question: Kanye west for president???????!!!!! (His whole thing is just such a meme how could anyone take it seriously??!)

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  4. i truly loved this discussion, adi!! while it’s completely fine to enjoy popular books by white authors, it makes me so frustrated that people think books by white authors with just, like, one poc or queer character are the best “diverse” books they’ve ever read. my goodreads friend request question (idk what it’s called haha) used to be “what’s your favorite diverse book?” and it was really disappointing when people kept answering with those books — i had to change it to “what’s your favorite book by a diverse author?”

    it’s heartbreaking and awful that #OwnVoices authors are told that their stories don’t matter because that’s the message that gets sent out to readers as well! and i 100% agree with what you said about performative anti-racism, if people actually read and supported books by those authors instead of posting about it for one day, we could make so much progress. (i’m also calling myself out here, though: nobody’s perfect and i have a lot of work to do myself!)

    however, i’m really really happy to be a part of book blogging community where books by qpoc are frequently loved and recommended! (going back to your discussion about the importance of representation in media, i’m so glad that i’ve diversified my reading because it means the world to see myself and other marginalized voices represented!!) this was such a well-written discussion post, thank you for sharing this ❤

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  5. This is an amazing post, and you raise a lot of good points! Something I’ve definitely realised recently is that a lot of “diverse” books are written by white authors, and while it’s awesome when white authors write diverse books we should also be uplifting ownvoices poc authors. The disparity shown by the #PublishingPaidMe hashtag is absolutely terrible and while I think promotion of diverse books by bipoc authors has increased a lot in the last few years, the industry as a whole still has a long way to go.

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    1. thank you so much cas!! I definitely agree- and while I’m glad white authors are being more inclusive, i wish POC got to tell our own stories and were accepted for it!!
      yes :(( but i’m glad that we’ve made progress!
      thank you for commenting x

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  6. This is such an amazingly well-written and absolutely incredible discussion. It’s really really sad to see all these statistics and whatnot because it just makes me really exhausted since nothing is changing and it’s just so unfair. And I didn’t know much about these things before, but thanks to all the awareness that’s been happening recently, I’ve started to realize that things aren’t so nice and perfect about books and blogging. Also, that bit about the majority of diverse books being written by white authors is…disturbing. Honestly, that’s the only way I can put it. You’re right, there’s nothing wrong with them writing these stories, and I’m glad that they are offering a different narrative, but it’s also terrible that diverse books by own voices authors are being ignored in favor of ones written by people who don’t live the reality that they write about.
    You know, it’s really terrible to say this, but I just went through the books I listed as my favorites of 2019…and only one was by a diverse author 😐 That’s just mind-blowing, and it makes me part of the problem. Even as a Black blogger and reader, I’m not reading and supporting that many books by diverse or own-voices authors. There’s nothing wrong with loving books by white authors or with white characters, but it’s kind of a problem when it makes up the majority of my reading and I barely read anything with different representations.
    That’s part of the reason why I joined YARC this year, and I have read quite a few diverse books, but not nearly enough. I just don’t really find that many diverse books in my favorite genres as much as I’d find books by white authors. I like mysteries and thrillers, and as far as I’ve seen, that genre is mostly dominated by white authors. I can’t think of any mystery author that I’ve read who was POC or LGBT+ or anything, let alone the MC. Even in YA Mystery, I can’t think of anything right now. My other favorite genre is historical fiction, and I tend to gravitate to either Victorian Era histfic, or World War II books…which is also bad because those are 99% of the time by white authors with white characters. I really need to take the time to search out more diverse books and read them.

    Anyways, you touched on a lot of great points and I loved reading your thoughts!! And it honestly didn’t even feel that long at all ❤ Aww, never be afraid to speak your mind, because sometimes, we just need things told to us very bluntly without any sugarcoating for things to stick and for us to realize just how bad things are 🙂 💕✨

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    1. Thank you so much Rukky!! By the way it’s so nice to meet you, I checked out your blog and followed ❤ the stats definitely exhaust me too 😦 it's so tiring and so hard to see how over and over marginalized identities are ignored and underrepresented! If it's taking a toll of your mental health (as it has in the past for me) I definitely recommend not reading posts like mine lol. 😀 The blogging world is definitely soo supportive and kind but you're absolutely right- there's so much more behind the scenes that we don't know about 😦
      You said it perfectly!! Enjoying/reading books by white authors is 100% okay but we definitely all need to make a conscious attempt to be mindful of the books we consume and the books we don't consume haha. I did YARC in 2019 and ~(kind of failed)~ but! This year I'm not doing it but I really want to read more diverse books anyways 🙂 YARC is amazing though, good luck with the challenge!
      I definitely agree that both of those genres are super dominated by white, cishet authors haha. These aren't really my genres of choice so I can't recommend books in them but I usually just search up e.g. "YA mystery books by Black authors" or "World War II YA books Japanese" and you would be surprised by how many books actually show up!! 😀 I'm sure you know this tip though lol. It helps me out a ton with movies, especially.
      Thank you so so much Rukky! Reading your comment was so delightful and I'm so glad you took the time out of your day to write this ❤ I definitely agree with everything you said- I'm glad that it didn't seem super long!! And thank you again ! ❤

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  7. Ah I love, love this post so much Aditi! I agree with everything you mentioned, I know I’m still part of the problem as even though I’ve got so many diverse books on my TBR. I am still…not reading them as quickly as I’d like to which saddens me but I know I will eventually get there. The diverse books I have read though I’ve enjoyed all of them, I think for many white readers (myself included at times) we avoid diverse books because we feel like we can’t relate to them. Or the world building/use of languges and parts of other cultures are too jarring for us and so many will just not try as they often have this opinion of how the use of other languages/cultural references is too confusing.

    For me personally, I don’t find it jarring, I may not understand the reference or picture what is being said. That’s ok, the story was not meant for me to resonate with, it was meant for me to read and soak in another persons experience. Just because we don’t resonate with the story shouldn’t mean we don’t read it, those stories are still important and they allow us to see things from another persons perspective. I will say when it comes to picking diverse books to read, I check out what ownvoice reviewers are saying. I don’t care or want to know what a white reviewer has to say about a diverse book because they can’t speak for the rep and a lot of the time, they end up bashing the book simply because “they don’t relate”. Like the amount of vampire books I’ve read, I don’t relate to being a vampire but I still adore the book *shakes head*.

    I do love several white authors, SJM, LB, CC and a few others but I’m fully aware they’re problematic. It’s so important to acknowledge the problems, you can still love the things I think (although I would argue it depends on the author/book) but you can love them quietly. SJM’s books do not need to be recommended constantly. Yes they’re lovely but there are many books out there which are written better by BIPOC authors who aren’t problematic. I’m also still trying to find diverse books within urban fantasy/paranormal as that’s my favourite genre which is still heavily dominated by white authors.

    I feel like my comments all over the place, anyway I adored this post so much ❤

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    1. THANK YOU SO MUCH, CLO!! Although this is gonna take me forever to respond to I always feel so happy when I get long comments, so thank you!!
      I don’t think you’re part of the problem- you’re going too hard on yourself ❤ if anything, every one of us is a little bit complacent: but it's NOT our faults and I will stand by my statement! I think that in general this community is absolute gold and I love it, but I do agree that sometimes we can all put more diverse books on our TBRs. Calling ourselves out is the first and hardest step though, so we're already taking the necessary steps to be better allies!
      I'm just going to copy-paste what I said to another commenter who asked the same thing that you asked about not being that invested in BIPOC stories:
      "Hmm, that’s a really interesting perspective that I never would have thought of. I appreciate that you make an active effort to read books by BIPOC authors! I can SEE that if a book specifically revolves around a culture that you’re not part of it *might* not interest you as much just because you don’t know whatever the heck is going on? (you can see me grasping at straws here)
      I think that that’s a block that you need to overcome! Personally, I usually have no problems reading stories about other people’s cultures as a character-driven reader, but I can see it being a bit different for someone who cares about the plot more.
      The thing is, there are so many books by BIPOC authors that don’t actually focus on the culture/racial tensions at all! They’re just about people of color doing normal people things 😂 and it’s completely fine to read those books too! I also recommend checking out blogs like The Quiet Pond, Forever And Everly, and Leelynn’s blog (i dunno if you know these ppl but i can text you links) because they promote a really really wide variety of books by BIPOC authors. Not all of them will be centered around culture, and lots of them are just normal stories.
      I’m v glad that you’re trying to read more diverse books! That’s amazing, and I’m always here to give you recs 😉 I hope you’ll be able to overcome the block of not being interested in BIPOC books from the synopsis (I think it’s just a matter of 1) not finding books that are plot-driven bc lots of them are character-oriented and 2) the way we’re conditioned to think in undervaluing certain stories that aren’t “about us/the dominant culture” if that makes sense? not really your fault at all lol but def something that we should all work on unlearning)."
      Thank you for commenting again Clo!!

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  8. Thank you for putting in the time and effort to write this post Aditi! It’s really powerful ❤️ Those statistics are shocking to me which probably shows how naive and complacent I’ve been about white centering in the bookish community. You’re completely right that book lovers with white privilege need to put in a conscious effort to elevate BIPOC voices and create lasting change, not just a social media trend. Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts and experiences ❤️📚 X x x

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    1. thank you for commenting, florence! i definitely agree that we’ve all been complacent, but the first step- calling ourselves out- is the hardest. thank you for being active in holding all of us accountable! you’re doing great ❤

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  9. this is such a thoroughly researched, important post! on your point about authors being praised for doing the bare minimum, I definitely agree that they shouldn’t be too glorified, especially if they have representation in their books for the wrong reasons, but there have also got to be authors who are trying their best that shouldn’t be criticized, right? even though obviously we’re far from what *should* be the norm, I feel like some baby steps should be applauded since they are steps forward (?). I don’t know, what do you think?

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    1. Thank you so much Grace! I really appreciate it ❤ Oh yes, of course! My point was more about the white authors who are 'praised' for including one (1) Black side character even if it's not harmful rep- it's the bare minimum, you know? But authors like Rick Riordan who have constantly uplifted BIPOC authors and stories and tried his best to be an ally all the time shouldn't be put down just for being white, of course. I think baby steps are always wonderful, but our society is so conditioned to the 'horrible' that even the 'bad' seems great, you know? I hope that made sense haha. But yes, you are right!

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  10. hi, i’m commenting on this post SO late, but i just wanna say thank you so much for bringing these issues up 🥺🥺 i absolutely agree with everything you said in this post. i love six of crows too, but it’s best to use my platform to promote more authors of color and ownvoices books. i hate how white popular books are sometimes lmao

    also, casey mcquiston isn’t a woman—they’re nonbinary and genderfluid! plus they’re not middle aged that’s where the millennial humor in red white and royal blue comes from 😅 but i do agree that we should promote more books with ownvoices poc rep, instead of one written by a white person!

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    1. Hi Caitlin! Thank you so much! ❤ I love SoC so much but I totally agree that we should promote POC books so much more.
      Omg thank you for telling me, for some reason I didn't know that! I will fix that in my post right now 🥰 I think the point still stands for Simon (although I do like the book and I adooree RW&RB) though!
      Thank you so much for commenting ❤

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  11. I had no idea about the statistics in publishing, and this post honestly really opened my eyes. It was written beautifully, and each sentence held so much meaning. It hurts that people are paid less because of certain factors they can’t control. It hurts that so many white people don’t read diverse books, or own voices books just because they were written by someone with a different complexion/gender.

    I personally do like books written by white authors, such as SJM, or CC, but they’re just so problematic! Plus, I wouldn’t go as far as to say that ToG is the best series ever written. I do love it a lot, and I think the world-building was great… but why are ALL the characters white. Why are there only 2 genders!?

    I honestly feel I haven’t read many diverse books before, so I’ve been working on adding them to my tbr, and hopefully I’ll get around to reading them soon. Two diverse books currently right at the top of my tbr are children of blood and bone, and Black Enough. Have you read any of these – I’ve heard that Black Enough is really moving, and it’s a must read.

    Anyways, thank you for posting this, it’s a topic that many people haven’t talked about it, so this was a much-needed post ❤❤

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    1. Ahaana, thank you so so much for all of your super thoughtful comments!! ❤😭 they mean soso much to me and I’m glad that my content makes you want to interact 🥺
      It’s completely fine to like books by white authors, of course- I enjoy lots of them! And my guilty pleasure series is ToG by SJM after all, and I think everyone should be allowed to read whatever they want. And yesss, what’s up with the really weird attempts at diversification?! 💀
      Honestly, it’s constantly a work in progress to read more diverse books and the fact that you even care and are commenting on this post means you are well on your way to achieving your goals!! ❤ I've read Children of Blood and Bone (i even did a little post on it hehe) and it's really good- I loved it! I haven't read Black Enough, but I definitely should check it out.
      Thank YOU for commenting, love!!

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  12. Well, when I finally publish I have many brown and black characters. I show all people for who they are. Bad people in every race. Racism against white people, racism towards people in general. As your very racist article shows, all people are capable of suffering from this nasty ideology.

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