Monday, June 12, 2017

Video: The Whippersnappers Talk About Diversity in SFF

The kids bring up several good points here, including:
  1. You can't use the diversity card in lieu of good storytelling.
  2. Diversity goes beyond sexuality and skin color.
  3. Indeed, when it comes to writing diverse characters, sexuality and skin color matter far less than personality, life experience, and culture.
  4. On a related note, it's nonsensical to assume that, say, the monarch of an African empire would have much in common with an inner-city African American just because they both happen to be black.
If you have an hour and change to kill, go and have a listen!

1 comment:

  1. These kids (at 58, most of humanity is "these kids") are very smart. The whole diversity discussion was on such a deep and intelligent level, you'd expect it to be coming from a round table of some old time grand masters of science fiction. It was a very interesting talk, thank you for sharing.