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Diversity in Fantasy and Science Fiction

Description: Main characters in a fantasy or science fiction work who are not straight white people. Religious diversity would also work, but it has to be a real life religion that's not Christianity (atheism doesn't count either). Racially diverse is not magical races such as elves or dwarfs, but should correlate withe the real world. However, if a character is both, say, a vampire and Hispanic, that would count. Main character is defined as the protagonist of the work or the character whom the work focuses on.

Based on character: protagonist or main character

Members: 28 participating members (show all)

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1
14,153 members, 345 reviews
3.98 stars (3.98 stars)

Lists: sturlington (1), uprootedtree (1), merrystar (1), quigui (1), andomck (1), ahef1963 (1), Dilara86 (2), DeusXMachina (5), ManWithAnAgenda (27), souloftherose

Score: 33.83

2
18,922 members, 447 reviews
3.94 stars (3.94 stars)

Lists: amurphy (2), quigui (2), ahef1963 (2), hipdeep (4), DeusXMachina (6), Dilara86 (6), pwaites (7), sturlington (21), ManWithAnAgenda (23)

Score: 24.19

3
2,335 members, 203 reviews
3.89 stars (3.89 stars)

Lists: kthxy (1), sturlington (4), Brandy1411 (4), quigui (4), uprootedtree (5), karenb (6), ahef1963 (7), ManWithAnAgenda (24), souloftherose

Score: 24.02

4
6,785 members, 302 reviews
4.2 stars (4.2 stars)

Lists: hipdeep (1), sturlington (2), ManWithAnAgenda (2), uprootedtree (3), kceccato (3), karenb (4), Dilara86 (22), souloftherose

Score: 23.51

Explanations:

sturlington (2): Protagonist is a black woman.

5
1,889 members, 96 reviews
3.8 stars (3.8 stars)

Lists: uprootedtree (2), sturlington (3), amurphy (3), Dilara86 (3), andomck (4), kceccato (4), karenb (8), ManWithAnAgenda (21)

Score: 22.39

6
3,666 members, 264 reviews
3.9 stars (3.9 stars)

Lists: Brandy1411 (2), quigui (3), sturlington (5), karenb (5), uprootedtree (7), Dilara86 (17), souloftherose

Score: 18.21

7
1,232 members, 79 reviews
3.93 stars (3.93 stars)

Lists: amurphy (1), kceccato (1), zjakkelien (1), pwaites (1), souloftherose (20)

Score: 17.89

8
18,555 members, 362 reviews
4.1 stars (4.1 stars)

Lists: hipdeep (2), KimarieBee (2), ahef1963 (6), uprootedtree (8), aspirit (14), sturlington (22), ManWithAnAgenda (22)

Score: 17.42

9
1,501 members, 93 reviews
4.32 stars (4.32 stars)

Lists: hecklaurac (1), zjakkelien (2), pwaites (3), uprootedtree (4), amurphy (4)

Score: 16.06

10
5,935 members, 303 reviews
4.21 stars (4.21 stars)

Lists: ManWithAnAgenda (1), Brandy1411 (1), souloftherose (1), DeusXMachina (4), ahef1963 (8)

Thumbs down: sturlington

Score: 15.21

11
753 members, 34 reviews
3.82 stars (3.82 stars)

Lists: ahef1963 (3), pwaites (4), amurphy (5), sturlington (6), karenb (7)

Score: 13.56

12
5,208 members, 157 reviews
3.66 stars (3.66 stars)

Lists: KimarieBee (3), ahef1963 (4), uprootedtree (6), amurphy (6), pwaites (8)

Score: 13.36

13
3,161 members, 156 reviews
4.21 stars (4.21 stars)

Lists: GreenVelvet (2), souloftherose (2), DeusXMachina (7), ahef1963 (9), ManWithAnAgenda (25)

Score: 13.29

14
5,120 members, 342 reviews
3.88 stars (3.88 stars)

Lists: electrice (1), Brandy1411 (5), ahef1963 (10), amurphy (13), souloftherose

Score: 13.06

Explanations:

souloftherose (4): Protagonist is a black man

15
2,454 members, 74 reviews
4.09 stars (4.09 stars)

Lists: aspirit (3), zjakkelien (4), amurphy (9), karenb (11), Dilara86 (24)

Score: 12.18

Explanations:

zjakkelien (4): The main character is a black woman.

16
2,589 members, 132 reviews
3.83 stars (3.83 stars)

Lists: zjakkelien (3), sturlington (7), amurphy (8), karenb (12), Dilara86 (23)

Score: 11.85

Explanations:

zjakkelien (3): The protagonist makes no distinction between men and women when choosing partners, and she's black. A bit controversial, because although she is quite old, her body looks quite young, so it's not for everyone. Still, it meets the requirements.… (more)

17
6,308 members, 187 reviews
4.05 stars (4.05 stars)

Lists: sturlington (8), ManWithAnAgenda (17), amurphy (17), souloftherose (25), Dilara86 (26), karenb (32)

Score: 11.56

Explanations:

sturlington (8): Protagonist is a black woman.

18
2,867 members, 81 reviews
4.05 stars (4.05 stars)

Lists: sturlington (9), amurphy (18), ManWithAnAgenda (19), Dilara86 (25), souloftherose (26), karenb (33)

Score: 11.4

Explanations:

sturlington (9): Protagonist is a black woman.

19
2,294 members, 52 reviews
4.25 stars (4.25 stars)

Lists: Dilara86 (1), sturlington (10), karenb (10), amurphy (11)

Score: 10.7

Explanations:

sturlington (10): The protagonist is a black woman.

20
529 members, 36 reviews
3.77 stars (3.77 stars)

Lists: andomck (3), karenb (3), amurphy (7), souloftherose (27)

Score: 10.29

21
13,948 members, 345 reviews
4.05 stars (4.05 stars)

Lists: aspirit (2), hipdeep (5), sturlington (11), ManWithAnAgenda (16)

Score: 10.24

Explanations:

aspirit (2): The main character is a Black man.

22
1,578 members, 100 reviews
3.81 stars (3.81 stars)

Lists: Dilara86 (7), amurphy (12), karenb (19), souloftherose (21), aspirit (25)

Score: 10.18

23
3,652 members, 94 reviews
3.83 stars (3.83 stars)

Lists: merrystar (2), pwaites (10), amurphy (16), ManWithAnAgenda (20)

Score: 9.5

24
1,406 members, 58 reviews
3.97 stars (3.97 stars)

Lists: pwaites (2), merrystar (9), amurphy (19), karenb (22)

Score: 9.44

25
1,858 members, 135 reviews
4.16 stars (4.16 stars)

Lists: kthxy (5), amurphy (10), karenb (14), souloftherose

Score: 9.03

Explanations:

souloftherose (3): These are comic books featuring a young (16 year old), female, Muslim, Pakistani American as the main character.

26
2,912 members, 90 reviews
4.15 stars (4.15 stars)

Lists: aulsmith (4), sturlington (12), amurphy (22), souloftherose

Score: 8.86

Explanations:

aulsmith (4): Protagonist, though white and male, is disabled.

27
245 members, 9 reviews
3.73 stars (3.73 stars)

Lists: aulsmith (1), amurphy (14), karenb (21)

Score: 7.94

Explanations:

aulsmith (1): Protagonist is intersexed

28
649 members, 32 reviews
3.74 stars (3.74 stars)

Lists: amurphy (15), Dilara86 (18), karenb (20), souloftherose

Score: 7.9

29
2,583 members, 67 reviews
4 stars (4 stars)

Lists: GreenVelvet (3), merrystar (6), ManWithAnAgenda (15)

Score: 7.63

30
447 members, 15 reviews
3.96 stars (3.96 stars)

Lists: kceccato (5), Dilara86 (11), amurphy (20)

Score: 6.76

31
633 members, 12 reviews
3.67 stars (3.67 stars)

Lists: aulsmith (3), amurphy (21), karenb (23)

Score: 6.73

32
985 members, 27 reviews
3.61 stars (3.61 stars)

Lists: merrystar (7), aulsmith (7), karenb (25)

Score: 6.71

Explanations:

aulsmith (7): Protagonists are gay men

33
289 members, 15 reviews
3.98 stars (3.98 stars)

Lists: Dilara86 (4), amurphy (23), karenb (24)

Score: 6.46

34
494 members, 31 reviews
3.79 stars (3.79 stars)

Lists: aspirit (5), karenb (30), souloftherose

Score: 6.42

35
1,264 members, 40 reviews
4.01 stars (4.01 stars)

Lists: aulsmith (11), sturlington (13), karenb (13)

Score: 6.41

Explanations:

aulsmith (11): Protagonist is a gay man

sturlington (13): He is also part Chinese, part Hispanic.

36
3,344 members, 55 reviews
4.13 stars (4.13 stars)

Lists: KimarieBee (1), merrystar (8)

Score: 6.38

37
1,485 members, 108 reviews
3.9 stars (3.9 stars)

Lists: sturlington (14), aulsmith (15), souloftherose

Score: 6.13

Explanations:

aulsmith (15): Protagonist is a gay man

38
1,038 members, 44 reviews
3.7 stars (3.7 stars)

Lists: sturlington (15), aulsmith (16), karenb (17)

Score: 6

Explanations:

sturlington (15): Protagonist is a black woman.

39
5,430 members, 234 reviews
4.11 stars (4.11 stars)

Lists: pwaites (11), karenb (18), sturlington (26)

Score: 5.91

40
406 members, 24 reviews
4.05 stars (4.05 stars)

Lists: andomck (2), sturlington (16)

Score: 5.36

41
9,236 members, 766 reviews
4.08 stars (4.08 stars)

Lists: quigui (5), Brandy1411 (6)

Score: 5.23

Explanations:

quigui (5): Main characters are Asian. One of the characters is disabled.

42
12,179 members, 461 reviews
3.85 stars (3.85 stars)

Lists: ahef1963 (5), karenb (9), sturlington (17)

Thumbs down: andomck

Score: 4.95

Explanations:

sturlington (17): Not strictly sf/f, more magical realism, but the protagonist is Dominican-American and is a huge sf/f geek, so this is worth reading for sf/f fans.

43
65 members, 4 reviews
3.67 stars (3.67 stars)

Lists: ManWithAnAgenda (4), aspirit (27)

Score: 4.58

44
496 members, 37 reviews
3.88 stars (3.88 stars)

Lists: Brandy1411 (3), karenb (49)

Score: 4.55

45
5,657 members, 283 reviews
3.76 stars (3.76 stars)

Lists: aspirit (6), sturlington (18)

Score: 4.5

Explanations:

aspirit (6): Set in a near future India.

46
991 members, 47 reviews
3.41 stars (3.41 stars)

Lists: Dilara86 (8), sturlington (19)

Score: 4.29

47
446 members, 49 reviews
3.83 stars (3.83 stars)

Lists: ManWithAnAgenda (9), aspirit (19)

Score: 4.23

Explanations:

aspirit (19): Deaf and queer

48
385 members, 6 reviews
3.45 stars (3.45 stars)

Lists: aulsmith (8), karenb (27)

Score: 4.13

Explanations:

aulsmith (8): Protagonists are gay men

49
2,573 members, 52 reviews
4 stars (4 stars)

Lists: pwaites (9), karenb (26)

Score: 4.08

50
1,804 members, 103 reviews
4 stars (4 stars)

Lists: aspirit (9), ManWithAnAgenda (26)

Score: 4.08

51
569 members, 41 reviews
3.9 stars (3.9 stars)

Lists: karenb (15), souloftherose

Score: 4.07

Explanations:

souloftherose (5): Protagonist is a black woman

52
341 members, 12 reviews
3.72 stars (3.72 stars)

Lists: aulsmith (9), karenb (28)

Score: 4.05

Explanations:

aulsmith (9): Protagonist is a transsexual

53
3,363 members, 73 reviews
3.79 stars (3.79 stars)

Lists: Dilara86 (15), karenb (16)

Score: 4.03

54
545 members, 57 reviews
3.7 stars (3.7 stars)

Lists: aspirit (1)

Score: 4

Explanations:

aspirit (1): The main characters are neither straight nor White.

55
505 members, 22 reviews
3.63 stars (3.63 stars)

Lists: Cecrow (1)

Score: 4

56
409 members, 27 reviews
3.63 stars (3.63 stars)

Lists: karenb (1)

Score: 4

57
183 members, 12 reviews
3.53 stars (3.53 stars)

Lists: Sam_Ash (1)

Score: 4

58
74 members, 0 reviews
4.33 stars (4.33 stars)

Lists: GreenVelvet (1)

Score: 4

Explanations:

GreenVelvet (1): Protagonist is trans/non-binary

59
1 member, 1 review
5 stars (5 stars)

Lists: hanas (1)

Score: 4

61
230 members, 7 reviews
4 stars (4 stars)

Lists: aspirit (8), karenb (41)

Score: 3.96

62
632 members, 50 reviews
3.44 stars (3.44 stars)

Lists: Dilara86 (19), souloftherose

Score: 3.95

Explanations:

souloftherose (15): One protagonist is Vietnamese

63
485 members, 34 reviews
3.67 stars (3.67 stars)

Lists: sturlington (23), souloftherose

Score: 3.86

64
2,100 members, 104 reviews
3.99 stars (3.99 stars)

Lists: sturlington (24), souloftherose

Score: 3.84

Explanations:

sturlington (24): Protagonist is autistic.

65
2,343 members, 47 reviews
3.91 stars (3.91 stars)

Lists: sturlington (25), souloftherose

Score: 3.82

Explanations:

souloftherose (9): Protagonist is Mexican and female

66
675 members, 46 reviews
3.61 stars (3.61 stars)

Lists: karenb (29), souloftherose

Score: 3.76

67
142 members, 2 reviews
3.53 stars (3.53 stars)

Lists: Dilara86 (16), karenb (31)

Score: 3.7

68
268 members, 28 reviews
3.68 stars (3.68 stars)

Lists: Dilara86 (20), souloftherose (29)

Score: 3.62

69
137 members, 9 reviews
3.78 stars (3.78 stars)

Lists: Dilara86 (21), souloftherose (28)

Score: 3.61

70
117 members, 3 reviews
3.52 stars (3.52 stars)

Lists: sturlington (20), aspirit (31)

Score: 3.59

Explanations:

sturlington (20): Native American

71
896 members, 56 reviews
3.79 stars (3.79 stars)

Lists: karenb (2)

Score: 3.36

72
827 members, 42 reviews
3.73 stars (3.73 stars)

Lists: DeusXMachina (2)

Score: 3.36

73
538 members, 14 reviews
3.17 stars (3.17 stars)

Lists: Sam_Ash (2)

Score: 3.36

Explanations:

Sam_Ash (2): LGBTQ+, racial and ethnic diversity.

74
462 members, 4 reviews
3.56 stars (3.56 stars)

Lists: aulsmith (2)

Score: 3.36

75
251 members, 6 reviews
3.49 stars (3.49 stars)

Lists: kceccato (2)

Score: 3.36

76
4 members, 1 review
4.5 stars (4.5 stars)

Lists: kthxy (2)

Score: 3.36

77
2,360 members, 94 reviews
4.37 stars (4.37 stars)

Lists: merrystar (3)

Score: 3.04

78
408 members, 30 reviews
3.56 stars (3.56 stars)

Lists: hipdeep (3)

Score: 3.04

79
370 members, 17 reviews
3.78 stars (3.78 stars)

Lists: DeusXMachina (3)

Score: 3.04

80
285 members, 18 reviews
3.74 stars (3.74 stars)

Lists: Sam_Ash (3)

Score: 3.04

Explanations:

Sam_Ash (3): In the main character group there is bi and trans representation, neurodiversity, religious diversity.

81
177 members, 11 reviews
4.29 stars (4.29 stars)

Lists: ManWithAnAgenda (3)

Score: 3.04

82
2 members, 1 review
4 stars (4 stars)

Lists: kthxy (3)

Score: 3.04

83
309 members, 20 reviews
4.04 stars (4.04 stars)

Lists: aspirit (4)

Score: 2.83

84
207 members, 12 reviews
3.35 stars (3.35 stars)

Lists: merrystar (4)

Score: 2.83

85
15 members, 0 reviews
4.5 stars (4.5 stars)

Lists: kthxy (4)

Score: 2.83

86
1,342 members, 133 reviews
3.84 stars (3.84 stars)

Lists: pwaites (5)

Score: 2.68

87
711 members, 10 reviews
4.4 stars (4.4 stars)

Lists: ManWithAnAgenda (5)

Score: 2.68

88
115 members, 1 review
3.73 stars (3.73 stars)

Lists: Dilara86 (5)

Score: 2.68

89
98 members, 7 reviews
4.73 stars (4.73 stars)

Lists: merrystar (5)

Score: 2.68

90
2,392 members, 144 reviews
3.96 stars (3.96 stars)

Lists: pwaites (6)

Score: 2.56

91
217 members, 8 reviews
3.6 stars (3.6 stars)

Lists: aulsmith (6)

Score: 2.56

Explanations:

aulsmith (6): Protagonists are gay men

92
53 members, 1 review
4.1 stars (4.1 stars)

Lists: ManWithAnAgenda (6)

Score: 2.56

93
622 members, 15 reviews
4.14 stars (4.14 stars)

Lists: ManWithAnAgenda (7)

Score: 2.46

94
92 members, 10 reviews
4.04 stars (4.04 stars)

Lists: aspirit (7)

Score: 2.46

Explanations:

aspirit (7): One of the main characters is a gay (or equivalent to the time period), Black man.

95
379 members, 28 reviews
3.85 stars (3.85 stars)

Lists: ManWithAnAgenda (8)

Score: 2.38

96
63 members, 6 reviews
3.47 stars (3.47 stars)

Lists: Dilara86 (9)

Score: 2.31

97
6,383 members, 328 reviews
3.79 stars (3.79 stars)

Lists: ManWithAnAgenda (10)

Score: 2.25

98
549 members, 25 reviews
3.38 stars (3.38 stars)

Lists: aspirit (10)

Score: 2.25

99
140 members, 7 reviews
3.52 stars (3.52 stars)

Lists: aulsmith (10)

Score: 2.25

Explanations:

aulsmith (10): Portagonist is genderqueer

100
22 members, 0 reviews

Lists: Dilara86 (10)

Score: 2.25

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