Novelist Meg Rosoff, author of How I Live Now says that minorities don’t need to be represented in literature.
Her comments were directed at Large Fears, a new book that follows the life and challenges of a queer African American boy.
People have been commenting on social media in opposition to Rosoff’s opinion:
What I gather from what Meg Rosoff said is that she has NO idea what books are for.
— 🚀🐝Rocket🐝Bees🐝🚀 (@OrdQuelu) October 11, 2015
Indeed, her argument that “books are here to teach kids about the world” but they don’t have “a job” seems a tad contradictory.
Representation of minorities in literature, film, and culture helps expose people to new ideas, backgrounds, and points of view. Having a well rounded cast of experiences in literature seems to be a high level of importance if your goal is to write about a truly authentic society.
In her defense, however, Rosoff did just retweet someone totally ragging on her, which is impressive in a weird sort of way.