All the People We Cannot See

Do you find yourself represented in the books you read?

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I’m looking at you, my readers, and wondering if you are represented somewhere in your bookshelves’ collection of characters.

This could include your physical characteristics: skin colour, body size, age / life changes, disability or wearing glasses or a hearing aid. 

Or things which may not be immediately discernible but have a big impact on your life: sexual orientation, religion, medical condition or where your family comes from.

Or anything else that makes you who you are.

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We see these things and more in people around us, but do we see them enough in books? 

My current series of books features a teenager who travels to different places so there is always more than one culture represented. Lately though, I’ve been thinking about how I can include greater representation beyond that. There are usually quite a few characters so there is scope for other kinds of diversity, too.

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I’d love to know your thoughts on this subject. Is there enough representation in books? What types of people you would like to read about more? Let me know in the comments.

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