So, I wanted to discuss this question with the Episode community:
I’m currently writing a story for the new Fantastical Competition, and I was inspired by the featured story called ‘The Enchantress’. I found it interesting that we were able to customise the protagonist whilst maintaining her race and keeping the skin colour pretty linear (if I remember correctly. It’s been a while).
I was wondering what other Episode users, readers and writers alike, thought of this particular way of going about things? The fact that the character is dark-skinned is important to my story, as she is from “The Land of Summer” and it sets her and her people apart from many of the other characters in the new Kingdom in which they settled. However, I did want to give readers a little bit of customisation. This would mean a limited range of skin colours which still stick to the race of the character to some degree, but complete access to almost all of the other customisation options.
How would you feel about this? What would you think about a story which had this feature in its main protagonist? Do you think it’s an okay middle-ground between ensuring the diversity of my cast and allowing character customisation? How did you feel about this feature in ‘The Enchantress’? I want to ask this question in the most respectful way possible, so here we go:
I would love to hear from white people and other non-brown minorities if you’d be okay/happy with playing as a brown character, or if it would make you less able to empathise? I don’t think it’s a bad thing if you do, but I would love your honest opinion.
I would be really happy for any feedback! Thanks in advance!