So often, we see a book defined by its main character. Books are classified as being African-American, Hispanic, LGBTQ, whatever the characteristic may be. Why? Why can I, being a white straight female, not enjoy a book with a Vietnamese gay male (for example) as the main character?

That’s the beauty of fiction. Understanding people who are not us, lives not like ours. It would be incredibly boring to only read books about people like me. And, anyway, we are all people, are we not? Regardless of ethnicity or sexual orientation or socioeconomic background or whatever. We all know we shouldn’t stereotype people, so why do we stereotype books?