Tatiana @ AfroBoricua Reads | Novel Newcomers

Posted May 15, 2017 by Sophia

Welcome back to Novel Newcomers! (And now returning to our weekly programming…)

We last left off with Di from Book Reviews by Di and Mia from Pen and Parchment back in early April with an interview that resulted in the three of us talking about edible math, pie, and more pie. Granted, I was the guilty one who started the conversation, but that’s okay because it’s food, and food is totally okay.

I then took an unannounced hiatus with Novel Newcomers due to projects and scholarly endeavors, but now summer has officially come for me. I’m going to try and not procrastinate this time (though it’s really hard because no internet! At home! I’m using data! Tracfone!)

Speaking of procrastinating… someone pinch me because I haven’t sent the questions to everyone being featured in May. Ahh!

We are BACK with another edition of Novel Newcomers, where Tatiana from AfroBoricua Reads is kicking it off with a guest post about what diversity means to her and why it matters.

Diversity: Why It Matters

Hey Everybody!

Today I wanna talk about something that matters to me: Diversity in books.

Growing up Black and Puerto Rican I rarely ever saw myself in the media. When I did see myself in the media I was always stereotyped as the maid or gangbanger. I was hardly the main heroine always the sassy sidekick. I was there to make the white MC look good and nothing more.

I struggled with my identity for years not really knowing who I was. I’ve been reading since I was little and I could probably count on one hand the amount of books that had a MC that looked like me. Until last year I had no idea had badly I needed to see myself in books – when I got an ARC of The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas and The Education of Margot Sanchez by Lilliam Rivera, I cried. I saw myself on the cover, I saw myself in the story. I knew I mattered in that moment: that I was important and that I could be the heroine of my own story.

Diversity in books is important, we need to reflect the actual world and not just a small minority of it. We need to let writers from all kinds of background (non allocishet white writers) tell their own stories and reach out to someone who needs to see their not alone. That’s why diversity in books matters.

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Sophia is a socially awkward Communications major who has a GIF for nearly everything and is frequently in a Hogwarts House Crisis. More of her bookish reviews can be found at The Arts STL.

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