Oh yes, I'm going there, but don't get too nervous, I'm not going on a rant or anything like that. In my time as a child of the Internet and a reader of Young Adult sci-fi/fantasy, I've listened to and read countless discussions about trends in the genre and how it seems that authors are no longer putting in enough effort to make their worlds or characters authentic. I am of that opinion as well, and something I've noticed in many works is the partial or complete omission of one of the greatest influences on culture throughout history. Whether it be language, gender and gender roles, or the family structure, almost every facet of society can be traced back to religion in some capacity. There are myriad reasons for the removal of doctrine in YA SFF, but there are three specific issues that I want to address and present possible solutions that will help foster greater story complexity that would lack in the absence of religion.
More than likely this is not the first blog you've come across that is dedicated to discussing and promoting diversity in entertainment and it likely won't be the last. Nevertheless, you can never have too many blogs and forums of discussion when it comes to circulating the ideas and nuances that need to be addressed when discussing diversity and representation in entertainment and storytelling, but I don't aim to do this alone.