Diversity in a story makes it more realistic. If you look at our world, you will see people from all walks of life. Backgrounds and experiences just as similar and different as the sun is to the moon.
Also, the depth of a character’s makeup can be a learning experience for the reader. At the very least, a cause to research and evolve so that what is foreign is now familiar.
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Diversity of characters, in my opinion, is one of the most important aspects of a story. I don’t just mean making your characters have distinct personalities. I’m talking race, gender, religion, sexuality, and much more.
Regardless of whether or not most stories are about straight white people (they are, at least the ones that get super popular), it is still important to have diversity.
The way I see it, good, well-researched diversity has two effects: it shows those people who identify with the character that they are not alone, and it educates those of us who have not experienced life the way the character and other people like the character have.
Now, there is something to say for not having diverse writing. I’ve seen people complain about how they always imagined their characters one way and then get upset when people suggest they make their stories more diverse. The response…
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