top ten tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Things On My Reading Wishlist (if you could make authors write about these things you would. Could be a specific type of character, an issue tackled, a time period, a certain plot, etc.)

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These are in no particular order

7. The Great Migration-This is a topic I never learned about in school not even college. I didn’t find out about it until I was an adult which is crazy because my grandparents where part of it. It’s a topic I can’t seem to find a lot on in book form. I don’t think there could be too many books on the subject considering it involved more than 6 million people. They could do stories on those who left and those who were left behind. I imagine you could spend decades just connecting it to the creation of ghettos. There is so much here maybe I will just do it myself!

6. Cozies with WOC as the protagonist. I love a good cozy mystery especially if they are set in the U.K. What I would love more is if I could get one with woc (woman of color) at the forefront. I have yet to come across one and I’m kind of upset about it. I can find a few detective type books but nothing along the lines of an Agatha Raisin type.  The closest I got was the No 1 Ladies Detective Agency but it wasn’t exactly what I was looking for.

5. Plus-Size women who aren’t miserable–  I would love a book where the protagonist was large/fat/plus size (whatever you want to call it) and her weight wasn’t the focus. If she could have a love life and be happy about herself, man that would be something else. Not sure why it’s so hard to do that because I know so many plus-size women who are happy with themselves.

4.  My hometown- Albuquerque, NM I have a love hate relationship with Albuquerque but it’s my home town so in the end  I love it. I don’t know of very many fiction books set in ABQ. The few I’ve read have been really fun. I love reading about places I know , that I’ve been to and still go to.

3. Happy Native American/indigenous people– To be fair their history is not a happy one. The things they have been/are being subjected to are horrible. Writing about and reading about those terrible things is important and necessary. However, if I never read another book that depicts them as savages it will be too soon. I would love to read a book that depicts a NA/indigenous person as having a full happy life with love and family, that depicts their culture positively. It would blow my mind if that happened in film and TV too.

2.  Happy single ladies– Why must single women be depicted as lonely, unhappy, pathetic, and desperate? WHY? What if there were women who had full lives, loved their job, had great friends, did fun things, and were OK being single? What if there were women who had terrible jobs and crappy friends but were still OK being single? What if their were women who wanted to be in a relationship but it wasn’t the number one thing in their life? Maybe they wanted to get married one day but only if they really found someone they truly loved, and that loved them back? What if finding a man wasn’t the NUMBER ONE THING in their lives? Why are these things so hard?

1. DIVERSITY in YA, Sci-Fi, Fantasy etc…- I really don’t understand why it’s so hard to write characters that aren’t just white all the time. Look I know they say write what you know. Does that mean some people really live a life without a single POC in it? I know the answer but come on it’s the 2014 branch out a little. I have an especially hard time with this when the setting is a major metropolis like NY, or Chicago. I know you have to know one black person, I know it. I get really angry when sci-fi, fantasy, dystopian, post-apocalyptic books can’t seem to have POC in them. This genre is not about writing what you know because you can’t know. I also can’t buy that old “I don’t know how to write a POC correctly thing”. Here’s an idea write them like they are humans. Unless you are writing about supernatural beings, aliens etc, then you have no excuse. I think this is also an issue with who is getting books deals and what books are making it to mainstream venues. There are some diverse books out there because I’ve read some but the ones that get major hype, the ones that make the front shelves and tables at the book store?

So those are the 6 topics on my wishlist what’s on your wishlist?

Until Next Time

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13 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday

  1. I often wonder if authors are hesitant to make a main character POC just because of the risk of offending someone. Everyone walks on egg-shells these days and I rarely see POC authors (mostly white, again), maybe that’s the reason why? Personally I don’t see the problem. Neil Gaiman wrote a POC main character in “Anasi Boys” and it didn’t dramatically change the plot (SHOCKING I know), so clearly it isn’t hard to do!

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    1. I think you are partially right when it comes to contemporary works. If an author offended a certain group unintentionally it could get ugly for them. However it has been done. To me though that’s just a cop-out. Either they don’t want to do it or they just don’t think about anyone else. I don’t know which is worse. In the fantasy, sci-fi, supernatural books there is no excuse for leaving out some diversity in my opinion. However these books are selling just fine without diversity so I imagine it’s not going to change anytime soon. Thanks for stopping by. I may need to check out Anasi Boys

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      1. Definitley agree, I think a lot of authors or publishers may hide behind the risk of offending people as a cop out, it really does need to be amended, if only because I suspect so many great novels have been halted because of this problem.

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      2. Totally! It’s so much easier to hide behind that and keep things the same. There is not risk because they know they’re going to sell books without it.

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  2. I actually did learn about the Great Migration in school, but only in passing – why learn about an important event in recent American history when we can just rehash colonial America in history (I’m pretty sure that most post World War II history that I know is NOT from school)? I’d really like to read more books with POC, and books about the Great Migration seems like a great way to do that. Books about Native Americans would be great as well! Even when we did learn about them in history classes, it was from the point of view of white colonists, so not exactly giving them a point of view. So, yeah, I definitely agree with about diversity! I went to a school that was probably 95% white or something, but that was a small, private school in a small state – definitely not representative of major cities like New York!

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    1. I’ve found that most probably 99% came from the point of view of a white person even when it was about a POC. I think that’s why I’m so eager to read books written by POC now. I went to fairly diverse schools but we still didn’t learn much outside the regular MLK, Rosa Parks, a bit on slaves, and Trail of Tears things. I just feel like there is so much out there and the only way I’m going to find out about it is by going after it myself.
      Thanks for stopping by!

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