This doesn’t particularly bother me, as it makes sense – my story is inspired by European fairytales and history, so it takes place in a European-like setting. I’m also white, and did not have a lot of non-white friends growing up, as I lived in a predominantly white area. I am not opposed to adding other ethnicities in my books, but the story just didn’t develop that way this time, and I’m inclined to leave it as is.
Is that bad? I think it’s fine, but then I think about how I would ever answer “why is every character white?” should my book ever be published (that’s probably presumptuous of me, but whatever) without sounding like a terrible person. It sounds kind of weak – ‘oh, well, this is kind of like medieval Europe, so…’ But its a fantasy novel, anything goes, so technically there should be no problem adding other ethnicities.
What do you guys think? I feel like adding characters for the sake of diversity is a terrible reason to write a character, but I also feel kind of bad about not including anyone else 🙁 I’ve realized that most of my characters and stories are largely influenced by European culture (as was my upbringing), and I’ve yet to actually develop a non-white character. Is that bad? Do any of you have the same problem?