Feb 24
“Why are stories important? Because their narratives reflect fundamental truths about our lives. They entertain us, yes, but at their best they illuminate, teach and redefine us. Stories don’t exist outside of societal concerns, they are entirely a part of them: they are the green shoots off of a sturdy limb. So when the stories we validate with attention and praise all happen to grow off of one relatively small branch of a huge, beautiful tree, we are obscuring the reality of the world we all live in. We’re actively avoiding the things that stories do uniquely well. Even worse, by denying light to the other branches of this tree, we’re making it harder for those stories (the stories of the majority of people in the world!) to survive.” Alaya Dawn Johnson, author of The Summer Prince, answering the question “Why is diversity important?” at Beth Revis’s blog (click through for several other authors also answering this question, including Marie Lu, Alex London, and Rae Carson)

(via sdiaz101)


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