“Reading helps to broaden our worlds, our understanding of people who are not exactly like us, and to foster empathy. What does it mean if a reader only reads about protagonists that are white, able-bodied, straight, and often male? It means they are missing out on a vast part of the reading experience and narrative and that their reading world is very narrow indeed–not reflective of the actual diverse world we live in now.”
– Cindy Pon
Excerpted from Diversity in YA! An Interview with Cindy Pon
Does your reading and watching diet reflect the diversity of the world? How is the balance or imbalance of the stories you consume reflected in the stories you create as a writer? How does or doesn’t your writing broaden understanding and foster empathy?