Writing Diverse Characters For Fiction, TV or Film
We're living in a time of unprecedented diversity in produced media content, with more characters appearing who are Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME), Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT), disabled, or from other religions or classes. What's more, these characters are increasingly appearing in genre pieces, accessible to the mainstream, instead of being hidd...more
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Firstly, not only are we given an understanding of why diversity is so important in film or books, but we are given the tools to explore and understand how we can write diverse characters in a genuine and positive way. As a BAME writer myself, there were a multitude of writing tips and examples that i know will really help give a f ...more
With more readers calling for diverse characters, it has become crucial as a writer to think about how we are representing people from different backgrounds in our work. However it can be a little daunting to make sure that your character seems authentic and isn’t just ticking the box of diversity. Writing Diverse Characters is a brilliant guide ...more
- We need more books on writing diversity well.
- There are some very interesting statistics about diversity in the media which would help introduce someone to the subject and why its important.
- There is some very vague, general advice on general characterisation that would be useful starting points for beginners.
Marc Pye, screenwriter.
It helped me have a clear idea of stereotypes vs. tropes vs. archetypes. I would recommend this to anyone interested in writing fiction!
This will definitely help me with the SF novel I'm writing.
This is an instructional guide and not a novel so this is a long way out of my comfort zone.
Years ago I was a gamer and created my own worlds and even wrote short stories about the characters in that world. This book would have helped me a lot especially as it goes over the items that I had the most trouble with.
While not everything I can agree with you have to respect the convictionof the writing as well as how well it is handled.
To describe this book I will use one sentence.
This is a m ...more
Lucy V Hay is no stranger to writing guides (this is her third, and the most assured yet) and anyone who’s spent a few moments on her Bang2Write site will know how important diversity and equality are to her. ...more
Thing is, I'm from diverse origins myself (aren't we all?...). So, it's a tricky position to be put into, reviewing a book about diversity in the media. This book clearly states there is a lot of work to be done, to differentiate characters from the average Jane & Joe. It shines a light on very specific aspects that should be taken into consideration from now on.
Some of the things discussed i ...more
But first, the good things. If someone isn't familiar with the subject of diversity in media, this book is a good starting point. It discusses th ...more
At times it could be frustrating to read because the advice seemed geared to the screen and many examples were from either the big screen or TV.
I would say that this book is more useful if you are exploring creating diverse char ...more
This did the opposite, and made me rethink all my other characters and how I could do a better job of them.
It wasn't what I was looking for, but it was probably what I needed, like Mick Jagger said, you can't always get what you want, but if you try sometimes...
Essential reading for 21st century writers
This timely and excellent book was everything I’ve needed especially since attempting to write a novel about a queer Welsh detective and her Tamil partner. (There are days when I feel totally out of my experience zone.)
This is essential reading for any serious writer - especially one aware of the value in addressing the 'diverse issue'. It was full of invaluable advice and information for me – a WASP, albeit one with Latin blood and in a wheelchair.
Lucy Hay has researched the hot i ...more