Diversity and Representation in Books and the Big Screen

Diversity has become increasingly apparent and the lack there is of it in both movies and books.  Over the past few years #OscarsSoWhite has trended across social media and brought diversity in film and television into the spotlight in 2016.

Many people have taken to Twitter to express their feelings on the matter.

@chlyerleigh said: “I can’t believe there was more diversity in Kong: Skull Island that in all the movies I’ve seen this year.”

The lack of diversity can affect people in lots of ways. When interviewed by Hunger, Nathalie Emmanuel, Game of Thrones actress, said: “For me, when I was growing up, not seeing anyone on television that looked like me or that I could identify with was really hard, and that can affect someone’s self-esteem hugely.”

To help tackle diversity in books, at the start of 2017 the challenge Diversity Bingo 2017 was created. Diversity Bingo 2017 is where you have a bingo sheet of different diverse topics and then you cross it off once you have read a book that falls under that category. The categories can include anything from the race of the main character to where the book is set.

Ashley Nuckles, a booktuber who is taking part in the reading challenge said: “I have been aiming for at least one diverse read a month. I think the bingo sheet is awesome, it gets people motivated and inspired.

“Reading allows you to empathize with the MC (main character) and with so many different cultures, ethnicities and races in the world today. We need to be kind to one another in the crappy world we live in now, and that starts with putting yourself in someone else’s shoes and feeling what they feel for a change.”


Diversity Book Recommendations

If I Was Your Girl by Meredith Russo

Ash by Malinda Lo

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

The Magnus Chase Series by Rick Riordan

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

The Art of Being Normal by Lisa Williamson

Run by Kody Keplinger

When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon

Under Rose-Tainted Skies by Louise Gornall

Symptoms of Being Human by Jeff Garvin

The Young Elites by Marie Lu

The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh

The Danish Girl by David Ebershoff

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