I just read your blurb about Magnus and Asians and the “whitewashing” of Hollywood, and I cannot even explain how much (more) respect and love I have for you now.
I was an aspiring actor, but because Hollywood is so whitewashed, the market was tiny for Asians. Even now, submitting to casting calls, all I can ever think is how I don’t fit any character because I’m Asian. It got to the point where I wondered if I would have been more successful if I were white, even wishing I was at times. I’m proud to be Asian, but sometimes it’s difficult fitting the white-standard society. I mentioned in an earlier post how I hate the name “minorities”-it makes me feel like this insignificant piece of society, and I’m not minor. I’m Asian, but I still matter and still can matter.
You had already written non-white characters (I’m not just talking about the Asians here xD) which was a pleasant surprise to me (even now I wonder at why we have to be surprised when major characters in books aren’t white…). And now, reading how much you’re standing up for the casting of these characters and their races and how Magnus must be Asian (I totally agree, he wouldn’t be the same!), I can’t even explain how much respect I have for you.
It’s horrible to feel like you can’t belong in Hollywood, in society, because you’re not white. The world isn’t just white, it’s colorful and bright and diverse and I think Hollywood needs to showcase that more.
All I can say is thank you, thank you so much.
Open letter to Cassandra Clare. It just burst out of me after I read her post about the casting for Magnus.