Hey ladies and gents!

So I vlogged… well, I kind of rambled on camera for 6 minutes. BUT it has been a whole year since I did this. Anyways, let me know what you think and if you have any thoughts 🙂

 

If White Characters Were Described Like People Of Color In Literature – BuzzFeed.

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5 responses »

  1. I’d give that Buzz Feed article a LOL rating. A story has to have description. Readers want to know what characters look like. The Buzz Feed writer’s ways of describing white skin was goofy and meant to offend. In my opinion, characters with caramel skin, dark almond eyes or milky white skin are beautiful. I added several diverse characters to my second novel because I wanted a large representation of ethnicities. In order for readers to know what these characters look like, I had to add description to bring about a particular image. What else could I do, use stereotypes to get the point across? Now that, would be something to be offended by.

    As for the YouTube video, you did peachy, Louise. I really enjoyed it. BTW–I can’t imagine you offending a multitude of readers. You’re too sensitive a soul to create a story that degrades or mocks people with mental illness. Plus, I’m sure you did enough research to be accurate with your descriptions, etc. That being said, there may be a reader or two who become offended. You can’t please everybody. Just like the writer of that Diversity article didn’t please me. 😉

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  3. jimmicampkin says:

    I think writing a character that is outside of your comfort zone successfully comes down to two key factors; intent and research. I take your point about being worried regarding offensiveness, but as long as you stay true to principles that you already have, you shouldn’t fall down any potholes. Someone who believes that black people should be bought and sold again or in the systematic extermination of people with autism are always going to trip themselves up because, in trying to hide their offensive opinions, they are inevitably going to slip up by second guessing every statement they make.

    Otherwise, I suppose it is about researching the gaps in your knowledge. But – here’s a question – why does your character have a disability? Do you want to explore it and it’s impact on society through the character? Did the character come to you fully formed without context? Are you using it to further your own writing sphere?

  4. Graham Milne says:

    Daring to explore the backgrounds of people who do not look or feel like we do is how writers bring more understanding to the world – by peeling away the layers of racial and societal differentiation to uncover the common humanity at the core. We can probably each name a favorite book where we are asked to identify with a character who is different from us, and the color of their skin or the circumstances of their life were no impediment to our relating to their struggle and being compelled by their journey. The same applies to the stories we create ourselves. We shouldn’t let it be suggested that we have no business trying to write about a diverse character because we haven’t had the life they’ve had. Our responsibility is merely to the truth of who they are.

    And as for offending people? It’s going to happen no matter how careful you are, and you should never let worries about how others are going to react intimidate you into silence. Are you deliberately setting out to upset people with inflammatory language and hateful screeds? Of course not. So tell your story, and if a few malcontents decide to take umbrage, it’s on them, not you.

    Very nice job on the video. Not stumbly at all.

  5. J M says:

    I read the Buzzfeed thing and it’s laughable at best. I wouldn’t worry about offending anyone. Some people just look for things to get mad about. But if you ever need diversity backup just let me know. 😀 I’m hispanic and all. Might as well use it.

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