Rick Riordan and Diversity
People complain about Rick Riordan “beating a dead horse” but HE CAN BEAT ALL THE DEAD HORSES HE LIKES.
Rick Riordan has actively added diverse characters in all of his books to represent more kids. Characters in his books include:
- a Arab-American Valkyrie (Magnus Chase)
- a mute elf who uses sign language (Magnus Chase)
- a Hispanic son of Hephaestus (Heroes of Olympus)
- a half-Cherokee daughter of Aphrodite (Heroes of Olympus)
- a Chinese son of Mars (Heroes of Olympus)
- a bisexual God/Teen (Trials of Apollo)
- a happy and loving gay couple, Nico and Will (Trials of Apollo)
- a male dwarf that loves fashion and design (Magnus Chase)
- a black daughter of Hades (Heroes of Olympus)
- a genderfluid, transgender warrior of Odin (Magnus Chase)
- kids with ADHD and dyslexia (All greek/roman demigods in Percy Jackson and Heroes of Olympus)
- POC siblings of mixed heritage, Carter and Sadie Kane (The Kane Chronicles)
and that’s just off the top of my head! This is not at all a conclusive list!!
When Rick Riordan first revealed Nico, a son of Hades in his best-selling Heroes of Olympus series, as gay people asked him “why?” and he said because he wanted kids to see themselves in his books and that all kids need to be able to see themselves in literature and find reassurance that they’re fine just the way they are. HE PORTRAYS ALL OF THESE KIDS AS HEROES. This is SO SO IMPORTANT
So unlike some people who beat dead horses and don’t even try to be diverse (*cough*JKROWLING*cough*) at least Riordan is constantly adding more and more young heroes and heroines that are diverse, well-rounded, and important.
THAT’S GREAT AND I WILL BUY EVERY SINGLE ONE OF HIS DEAD HORSE BEATING NOVELS FIGHT ME