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Posted 11/3/15 , edited 11/4/15
Let me know if a thread like this one exist or not.
Thanks a bunches.


Explain your opinion in great detail.


As a writer, the sky is the limit. You can write about whatever you want to write no matter what. Somebody will like it regardless of what it is. But it feels like certain races write about certain things. Being an African-American female, I get the feeling that people expect from me stories about African-American culture. But I don't want to write about stuff like that. I rather write about fantasy and science-fiction. I remember the incident with The Hunger Games and how some people flipped out that Rue was African-American and not Caucasian. In my stories, I try not to focus on the races that are commonly found in the real world. But nothing can please the ignorant masses. What I'm trying to get at, is there a link between writing and race? Does the media show which race is known for writing a certain genre? I don't often see African-American writers write about things outside of their culture. I would love to write about things that make me happy and I should. But I don't want to be expected to write something that I don't even really care about(no offence).

Does anybody get me?

I don't suppose any of you CR users read any stories written by an African-American. I haven't because they don't really appeal to me.
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I'd say there's more of a link between culture and writing than race.

As far as the media goes... Regardless of what is true they're going to portray things in whatever way will generate the most money. Their take on things doesn't mean shit to me.

Personally I just read certain genres and stick to that. Author/race/culture doesn't matter to me. If I think it's interesting I read it.
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The biggest question is: Do I know who writes what I read? The answer is no. So for all I know everything I read is from an African or an Alien tentacle monster.

Also I think the Japanese are all Alien Tentacle Monsters.
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Rujikin wrote:

The biggest question is: Do I know who writes what I read? The answer is no. So for all I know everything I read is from an African or an Alien tentacle monster.

Also I think the Japanese are all Alien Tentacle Monsters.


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If you are an author you should publish under a non-race-, non-sex- specific pseudonym if you actually care about that kind of criticism. Besides it actually serves an author well to cultivate an air of mystery about oneself because it leads to speculation about who you really are. Speculation, by the way, is free advertising.

Never, by the way, tell people there is a correct interpretation for any of your works even when there is one for the same reason.
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ProfessorFaust wrote:

If you are an author you should publish under a non-race-, non-sex- specific pseudonym if you actually care about that kind of criticism. Besides it actually serves an author well to cultivate an air of mystery about oneself because it leads to speculation about who you really are. Speculation, by the way, is free advertising.

Never, by the way, tell people there is a correct interpretation for any of your works even when there is one for the same reason.


I would go by "Q.T. Marshall" instead.
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I would go by "Q.T. Marshall" instead.


That would work.
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ProfessorFaust wrote:


qualeshia3 wrote:

I would go by "Q.T. Marshall" instead.


That would work.


Cool.
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You should absolutely write what you enjoy writing. Everybody has their own preferred genre for writing and for reading.
I'm actually an English major in college so I'm reading lots of books, and I'm taking an Interracial Romance class which focuses on romantic relationships between whites and blacks, and all of the novels we're reading in that class were written by African Americans. Some of the books we've read are Passing, The Wedding, The Stone Face, and now we're reading Kindred.
I think you're right: being African American definitely makes it seem as if you're expected to write race-related material, but you obviously do not have to. I'm in the same boat with you in that these race-focused stories don't appeal to me. They're good novels, but not my cup of tea.
You should write what you want to write.
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crunchychickens wrote:

You should absolutely write what you enjoy writing. Everybody has their own preferred genre for writing and for reading.
I'm actually an English major in college so I'm reading lots of books, and I'm taking an Interracial Romance class which focuses on romantic relationships between whites and blacks, and all of the novels we're reading in that class were written by African Americans. Some of the books we've read are Passing, The Wedding, The Stone Face, and now we're reading Kindred.
I think you're right: being African American definitely makes it seem as if you're expected to write race-related material, but you obviously do not have to. I'm in the same boat with you in that these race-focused stories don't appeal to me. They're good novels, but not my cup of tea.
You should write what you want to write.


Thank you.
Posted 11/4/15 , edited 11/4/15
I write about the topic that's in front of me. I think that's a pretty Mexican thing to do, but I'm in no way related to a Mexican in any shape, size or manner for that matter. If anything, the only thing that connects me to Mexicans is that I used to occasionally eat tacos during my childhood.
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I write about the topic that's in front of me. I think that's a pretty Mexican thing to do, but I'm in no way related to a Mexican in any shape, size or manner for that matter. If anything, the only thing that connects me to Mexicans is that I used to occasionally eat tacos during my childhood.


I want tacos.
Posted 11/4/15 , edited 11/4/15

qualeshia3 wrote:

I want tacos.


I actually prefer Japanese tacos.

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pIump wrote:


qualeshia3 wrote:

I want tacos.


I actually prefer Japanese tacos.



More for me then.
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Is there a link between writing and race? Does the media show which race is known for writing a certain genre?

If we all had to write stories about our cultures I would be sunk as a writer. I don't have enough culture to write about. I can write from the perspective of a certain income level and geographic influences but that would be boring.

Write what you want to (unless you want to make money with it - if you do, then write whatever is selling well).

((Takoyaki is considered a Japanese taco?))
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