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The Taylor Jenkins Reid Controversy, Explained

Carrie Soto is Back by Taylor Jenkins Reid is cropped to show her face. Image: Ballantine Books.

Everyone is talking about Taylor Jenkins Reed’s upcoming book. Carrie Soto is back, And some of this is the general excitement due to her popularity with writing Daisy Jones & The Six When Evelyn Hugo (SHEH) husband of seven. However, much of the discussion is based on what is seen as a problematic trend in her novels on race and that another white author continues to write People of Color (POC) and that publication remains very white. It has been done about the fact that As of 2020, 95% are whitish.

When the book came out in February, Jesse (bowtie and book) expressed concern about the premise of the book. The novel is marketed as Carrie Soto, a retired Latino tennis champion, when up-and-coming British player Nicky Chan attempts to break her record. pointed out how odd it was to place POCs against each other (in a sport that is predominantly white). (Until recently, many people, including Jesse, thought Soto was white or Asian, but that hasn’t changed since learning she’s Argentinian-American.)

Months later, Jesse elaborated on the issue in a video. she And he admitted that he was nervous about only taking issue with the synopsis.But when I read back she after having a bad time My Live Risingthey noticed a surprising trend.

Now I see a pattern for how Taylor Jenkins Reed uses race in her novels…to make a very specific point, I don’t like it. I don’t like at all. I find it annoying and problematic.

Jesse stressed that he doesn’t criticize authors or books to “drag” them, but that Reid needs to hear criticism from POC reviewers so he doesn’t keep making the same mistakes. Did. They noted that J.K. Rowling received little criticism over the years from a marginalized community, and that there were all red flags before she became a full-blown TERF.

I didn’t see any real criticism of J.K. She pointed out that she wasn’t feeling well, but I remember gently pushing it back because it felt like an attack on my identity at the time.

Now BookTok is watching

Jesse has been working on the issue for some time, but the fact that the book is out in just a few weeks means more people are talking about it and being aware of the problem. Some of the most high-profile Latinx creators on (TikTok readers’ side) wonder why white authors continue to write about POC, while authors of color are left out of every part of publishing. continue to be

Adrian (aka BookPapi) of TikToker at Bookseller explained the situation american dirt Controversy from 2018. The book is still very popular, both in library circulation and in stores, if not online. you sound like a white girl And when white people write about POC and trauma, that’s what they’re writing for their fellow white people, leaning toward white messianism.

One of the most fashionable people on TikTok, not to mention Booktok, Carmen (aka textiles and tomes) did what she did best and used this moment to continue sharing books by Latino authors about Latinos in sports. She categorized it by type and age group, but even then she pointed out that it shouldn’t be too hard to find: Carmen wasn’t particularly dedicated to tennis.

But Carmen read it and once again explained the question of how much resources are being poured into white writers writing stories about POC in our voice. I pointed out in the Q&A on .org that Reid continues to take up this space even though he acknowledges the problem.

“It’s bad if you do it, bad if you don’t”

Another book reviewer and media commentator, a Marine (aka My Name is a Marine) also voiced his opinion. Before we get into her reaction, it’s important to note that she’s engaging in this intimidating minefield of the wider demand to reduce the all-white narrative. When A problem that often arises when white writers tell “diverse” stories. She speaks to both readers and authors about this issue. The Marine lists questions that authors should ask themselves before tackling a story that involves writing about their identity.

In her latest video, she elaborates on this once again, confronting the notion of “slippery slopes” for artists, and the fallacy of “don’t do it, don’t do it”. These attitudes exist beyond publication, but she keeps it very clear and uses some big examples that everyone is familiar with no matter what genre they read.

This ongoing frustration is that publishing minimum Reflecting the public (from authors to executives to editors) and not being siloed in writing stories where POC authors face struggles and adversity, that’s where we are today. .

(Image: Ballantine Books)

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