I love books. I’ve dived into worlds upon worlds in books. And then I started getting emotionally attached to these worlds in these books and so I try not to read too much because I kind of sink into a novel wholeheartedly. I can’t help it, it just happens. When I realised I had the WHAT IS LIFE? syndrome from reading, my new motto became “BE HERE NOW… BE PRESENT, MARION” because I just grew so detached from my own surroundings that it was almost unhealthy. I love books so much I don’t understand how people can not love books. But it’s like my brother and his love of games and such. To each his own.
Recently, I’ve started writing my own stories. They aren’t great… at all. I cringe when I read them haha. And as much as I’d love to be the next Juliet Marillier, I really can’t write for shit. It’s funny though, I never ever thought of writing until this year. And the reason I started writing was this, because all the great books I had ever read were about white girls. I might have sounded racist just then but I really don’t mean to come off as racist at all (Just an observation is all). I just noticed the gap in literature. The small population I come from is rarely represented in most books. Yeah, I love Dashti, Hermione and Katniss… Yeah we have bad ass characters like Katsa and Sorcha… But where are the brown girls? (Where are the brown people, actually?)
I want to read about a strong, polynesian chick who doesn’t even necessarily have to be a bad-ass warrior with tribal tattoos (which was what my protagonist was like in my first few stories haha I will see myself out after this I promise) she can just be an everyday chick who just happens be very culturally rooted… Or some brown protagonist in a fantasy novel about, I don’t know, vampires or some shit. And even if it was cliche, I might even read it. And don’t get me wrong, there is nothing wrong with the books out today… My eyes have just been opened to the fact that the protagonists like Katniss and Hermione and Bella even, are all women who girls can look up to, white women. Do you realise how empowering it was just to see Angel Coulby’s version of Guinevere? How empowering it is just to see Beyonce up there doing her thing? Serena Williams? Even Katara from Avatar… Yeah, I know what I’m talking about may seem so trivial to you but these women represent hope and pride in myself that, hey, being brown doesn’t mean you have to be a statistic or a stereotype.
And maybe one day I will finish one of these damn stories I’ve written and contribute to the lack of brown protagonists… But I want, no I need to see more brown skinned folks in books. I know there is a series by a Samoan author going around called Telesa… which I will read one day hopefully… (it’s just the thought of teen paranormal fantasies that make me cringe… also, haven’t been able to purchase any hard copies yet)… (plus, congratulations Lani Wendt on your success!! 2 thumbs up from me!).
Maybe I’m just reading too much into this thing. Anyway, that’s my brain scrambles for the day. Thought I’d leave you with this quote I found the other day, which resonates with me and pretty much sums up what I mean but 750x better…
“Why am I compelled to write? Because the writing saves me from this complacency I fear. Because I have no choice. Because I must keep the spirit of my revolt and myself alive. Because the world I create in the writing compensates for what the real world does not give me. By writing I put order in the world, give it a handle so I can grasp it. I write to record what others erase when I speak, to rewrite the stories others have miswritten about me, about you. To become more intimate with myself and you. To discover myself, to preserve myself, to make myself, to achieve self-autonomy. To dispel the myths that I am a mad prophet or a poor suffering soul. To convince myself that I am worth and that what I have to say is not a pile of shit. To show that I can and that I will write, never mind the outraged gasp of the censor and the audience. Finally, I write because I’m scared of writing but I’m more scared of not writing.”
–Gloria Anzaldua in Speaking in Tongues: A Letter To 3rd World Women Writers
Fresh Laundry and Cool breezes!!