Save the Pearls: Racism in YA fiction
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07-29-2012, 04:36 PM
Join Date: Aug 2008
Frau, I'm not surprised one bit you'd defend this, but really.
3. The world of coals, pearls, ambers, is so unique. How much fun was it world-building and how much energy went into it?
Big fun, and a little scary too. I wrestled with some of the details of Eden’s post-apocalyptic world. For example, creating racial epithets, rather than using existing ones that are already deeply ingrained in our culture, seemed the best way of turning long-standing prejudices upside down. I played with different ideas, and even used animal names at one point, but they also carried too much baggage. Then the idea of using simple, earthy things to represent the different races struck me. The words pearl, coal, tiger’s eye, amber, and cotton all represent beautiful natural things, just as all races are equally beautiful. Of course, these invented racial terms also tie into the environmental theme, and initially create mystery, too. That was a good day’s work.
That's the author speaking on some of her inspiration for this.
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