Do you think there is a lack in Character Diversity in SciFi and Fantasy?

I am also wondering if it is mainly white males who thing there is a lack of diversity in realistic non male or not straight characters :-) (as a white male listening to 2 white males discuss this on a writing podcast)

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  • Anonymous
    9 years ago
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    There is absolutely a lack of character diversity in SciFi and Fantasy (There's a lack of diversity in all media, but that wasn't your question), and in my experience straight white males are the *least* likely to notice. Although there are many female, PoC, and LGBTQ characters as sidekicks and backgrounds characters, it's still rare to see them as the main characters (though it's getting better with females) and often the portrayals of minorities as side-kicks are stereotypical.

    Note: This is not to say that PoC, LGBTQ, and female protagonists don't exist, it's just to say that they aren't mainstream. Boys are far less willing to read books about girls than girls are to read books about boys, PoC characters are often "whitened" by publishers on covers so that they'll sell better, and the entire genre of LGBTQ Lit, though it has its advantages, often serves to keep literature involving major LGBTQ characters out of the mainstream.

    Source(s): http://www.media-awareness.ca/english/issues/stere... http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/QueerAs... http://wiki.feministsf.net/index.php?title=RaceFai... There are hundreds of other links you could find if you're genuinely interested, but that'll get you started.
  • Anonymous
    9 years ago

    Not really, no. Not unless you choose to limit yourself to one style of book.

    If you think it's because of white male writers, then go read some sci-fi or fantasy by someone who isn't a white male. Finding some by a female should be trivially easy. Finding out what colour someone is might be harder.

  • 9 years ago

    I can't vouch for all sci-fi, but I know Star Trek had a black captain and a female captain in two of its series.

  • 9 years ago

    i think the exact opposite. i think ther is a wide range of characters. and the more new authors the more new creatures.

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