Our current Kickstarter is a little over 21% funded with only 9 days to go.
If you can, please back our project, and if you can’t, please signal boost this post. All of us here at Eggplant believe very strongly that this is an important project, and I’d like to take a moment to tell you why:
Chimamanda Adichie gave a TED talk called “the Danger of a Single Story.” In it, she talks about how, as a child, she only read books about white, blue-eyed European children, and went on to write her own stories… about white blue-eyed European children. She says:
"What this demonstrates, I think, is how impressionable and vulnerable we are in the face of a story, particularly as children… I had become convinced that books by their very nature had to have foreigners in them, and had to be about things with which I could not personally identify."
Elsewhere on Tumblr, I ran across a story about how a ten-year-old had been shaped by the media which he had consumed:
My son thought that the reason there were so few people of colour in cartoons, in movies and in the media more generally, was because there are more white people in the world.
[…] When we got talking about it and he realized that in fact the majority of the world isn’t white, he said, well maybe the stories of people of colour are not worth telling. Maybe that is why these stories don’t get told.
Maybe there are so few female characters because women are all more similar so there is no point in having a lot of them, whereas men are more different so you need more. Maybe it is the same with people of colour, maybe there are so few because they are all the same.
Children and adults need diverse stories because the world is diverse. We should all be able to see the world through new perspectives, told by a range of voices with experiences unlike our own - and, more importantly, give kids whose identities aren’t already represented in mainstream media a chance to have this moment.
I believe that ‘Spellbound and Spindles’ is an important project, but I don’t think it should have to exist. It shouldn’t have to exist because we should live in a world where mainstream media is already diverse. Backingour Kickstarter is just one way in which we are trying to create that better, more inclusive world - please help us, if you can.
(…not to mention: backing us gets you any number of sweet rewards, including copies of the limited edition hardcovers we hope to produce.)