It turns out that introducing a black character in a book is inappropriate for a white writer. This notion has been reflected by a revelation from the top British author Anthony Horowitz. The British author revealed that he was warned off introducing a black character into his new book because it was inappropriate for the same reasons.
The 62-years old author is Jewish and lives in London. He’s also renowned for writing the hugely successful Alex Rider teenage spy novels.
However, he revealed that an editor advised him writing a black character into his new children’s book could be considered condescending. Horowitz also told the Mail on Sunday that he will have to think about whether the character can be black or white. He also emphasized that the stock of books is not adequate to serve every ethnicity.
The author also expounded on the importance of addressing the notion that it is inappropriate for white writers to create black characters. The chain of thought, which is prevalent in America, claims that the creation of such characters is artificial and possibly patronizing. The creation is not a common experience.
However, Horowitz, who is best known for his Alex Rider series of novels, said he found it disturbing that he was being advised against a white writer creating a black character.
Horowitz came in for criticism last year when he said British actor Idris Elba was "too street" to play James Bond. He said that he was thinking of Elba's gritty role in the BBC crime drama Luther, and did not mean to cause offense. He said he believed another black actor, Adrian Lester, would be a better choice.