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Write whatever you like. There are writers in the fantasy and sci-fi genre that aren't male or white. There's no real reason to get yourself stuck in a stereo type.
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i dont know the details behind the writers and i dont wanna know
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People with different experiences are going to write different things most of the time. People can write whatever they want in the end though.
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Write what you want. I prefer to make characters using my imagination so I would be annoyed if a character is different from my imagination (to be honest I'm like that for even fan made pics of the character) but you should never let that hold you back from writing a good story. I really wouldn't expect writers of any race to be restricted because of race. Write fantasy or sci-fi if that's what you want to write. If I've read a book written by a black person I probably wouldn't notice - nor would I really care. A good story is a good story.

I would add my culture to my story but that's my choice. If you don't want to then you don't have to.
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Posted 11/4/15

tkayt wrote:

Write whatever you like. There are writers in the fantasy and sci-fi genre that aren't male or white. There's no real reason to get yourself stuck in a stereo type.


Thanks.
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I hate the idea of putting people and artists in boxes dependent on their race or gender. It just seems like a ridiculously silly thing to do, and yet the idea seems to be getting more and more common.

I personally just write the characters that I make in the situations that they are in. I don't really think of them as fiction as I try to make the world believable and real in my mind. This means that I am constantly asking myself "would the character do this" or "does this make sense in this world". If you find yourself writing characters that take actions because those actions are being written for them and not because those characters would logically take those actions, you have a problem. This can sometimes be the case in regards to race or gender where you write them a certain way and suddenly shoehorn in stereotypes that go against their character and that is a problem that you should tackle as a writer. However, your own race is irrelevant to that subject and it really boils down to your skill as a writer.

So basically, don't limit yourself based on your race or gender. No matter what, the quality of your work depends on your skills as a writer and how you craft your narrative, so make sure that you are holding your writing to a high standard and you shouldn't have much of a problem (or rather, people might try to create a problem but you've done nothing wrong).
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I have never heard of author stereotypes by race. I don't know the authors race half the time anyway unless I see their picture. The only time I would really be surprised is if I was reading about like posh Victorian lords or something and the author was some black dude with dread locks and stuff. Even then it would just surprise me nothing else.

I personally think that there are not any race stereotypes for that (or at least I have never noticed) and I think what you write about is more culture based and not race based. Though certain races are more likely to have certain cultures.
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I don't really care about gender or race when it comes to authors. As long as the premise of the book is interesting to me, I'll give it a shot.
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It's because people usually write about what they know best. Lived experiences make for the best writing materials.
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I'm going to be one of "those" people.


We are one race: Human.


But there are plenty of cultures that can range from the color of your skin to just where you live in the world.

As for THAT I don't really notice who writes stuff I read unless I make an assumption based on their name.

Like for example if I see the author is Satsuki Yoshino (using Barakamon as it is right in front of me right now) I might assume based on the name it might be related to Japan or Japanese in some form or fashion because the name is Japanese. Doesn't have to be of course but I might just assume it.

But if the name is Steven Wilson. The name is a bit more vague. I for one know 7 guys named Steven Wilson all of them from differing cultures, skin colors, and etc. So that could be a bit harder to make an assumption on.


My personal writing has used Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Romance, and Comedy so I don't think there are any sort of holds on writing. It just depends on what you want to write about I guess.
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Posted 11/4/15 , edited 11/4/15
I like what Stonewolfe said.

Aaaand my own two cents:
Write whatever you wish. The world needs more sci-fi and fantasy (my own personal opinion). Don't be pressured into writing what isn't suited to you.
watch Bakuman (if you haven't already) it's an anime about a writer and artist team who work towards becoming professional manga authors. They struggle hard to draw and write what they WANT. 2 seasons are out. lovely anime and I think you might enjoy it.

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As long as it's interesting, I'll read it. I usually read horror or really strange novels. I don't try to go after stories written by authors of a certain race. That's pretty silly.
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Nevermind The Hunger Games having an african-american character. How about the fact that The Hunger Games is just a knock-off of Battle Royale?
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qualeshia3,

My advise is to follow your heart. Write your Roman era story like you said you were going to do. I still want to read it. Don't listen to people who try to fit people into categories. Not only are they narrow-minded but lack any imagination.

Be you!
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I don't really care, if its a good story, its a good story. I often don't realize the author's race until later anyway. While I learned a lot about racial discrimination in school, I also grew up hearing mostly local politicians complain about having to be PC all the time, and plotting how to use PC situations in order to advance themselves and screw over people they didn't like, which too often included minorities and the poor. I had a weird childhood and being a proportional dwarf....well, people will say anything in front of you if they think you can't understand them, and I looked like I was 2 until I was like 10-12. So personally, I don't care. But I'm also a rebel, because as a result of my childhood experiences, I am of the view that it is totally ok to rebel against a lot of the PC stuff every now and then just because I know that it is too often used to put minorities down in a roundabout way. Just be kind to people and don't let anyone take away your right to an education, especially history, which both sides of the aisle are attempting to do.
Stay cool guys and when in doubt, just let the PC guy from South Park be your mentor Jk!
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