*creeps into fandom* I just want to say I’m blogging over at my personal now and occasionally I post Nancy Drew stuff *Creeps out*
What I don’t understand about this whole thing is why people are getting so upset about people simply discussing how they want equal representation. If you do not care about equal representation then why are you going on about how people need to stop talking about it?
I just want to say that however much representation seems like a really minor issue to worry about in the Nancy Drew games, I cannot stress what a difference it makes.
Half the time, I just want to give up on these discussions. But as a biracial woman whose entire childhood was shaped by my love of Nancy Drew, I can’t remain silent on this. I’m not just talking about a character I liked when I was younger- I’m talking about my role model, my icon, the character I identified with more than almost any other (save for Hermione Granger, obviously).
But growing up, there was still this nagging reminder at the back of my mind that I could never be Nancy, because she existed in a world so different from mine. Nancy is white, as is everyone around her. She is from an upper class background, and although people frequently underestimate her because of her gender, she is generally respected by everyone in her community.
While this was the case for Nancy, it never could be for me. I am white-passing, but every day is laced with the painful understanding of how shitty it is to be South Asian in the United States- something that Nancy Drew, however magnificent she is, could not possibly understand.
For me, my inability to identify fully with characters had to do with their family background, because my family looks nothing like Nancy’s and our experiences are so starkly different that ‘personality’ or ‘character traits’ can’t make up for it.
Because while Carson Drew earned the respect of everyone around him- as a lawyer, a father, and a prominent figure in his community- my dad was getting pulled over for extra security checks at the airport and having complete strangers shouting slurs at him and calling him a terrorist. All in front of my eyes.
So whenever I watch a movie or a TV show, read a book, or play a Nancy Drew game, I look for any character that might, just might, understand what it’s like to go through those things. So let’s take a minute and look at the entire array of South Asian characters that HeR has created through the last 29 games.
1. Stay Tuned for Danger (#2) - Voice actor only; extremely stereotypical cab driver
2. Curse of Blackmoor Manor (#11) - Nigel Mookerjee
That’s two. In the entire series. And you can go ahead and tell me that’s plenty, but it’s not. It’s not enough when one of those characters is a racist caricature of lower-class South Asian men trying to make a living in New York. And it’s not enough when the only other character of South Asian descent exists largely to spout out information for the sake of Nancy’s investigation. There is no exploration of Nigel’s identity whatsoever.
At this point, I’m anticipating that some of you might argue that it’s a good thing HeR doesn’t focus on race and that their characters of color are not defined by their racial background. I get that. But never forget that in many ways, race does define our experiences. And you all can focus on how fun and awesome the games are and not worry about diversity, but I for one don’t have a choice.
I have to keep pushing for representation, every minute of every day, for the smallest glimmer of hope that one day, girls like me will play Nancy Drew games (or partake in any other sort of media) and feel like there is a character who could understand their experiences as a person of color, and not just as someone with a similar personality.
And I’m never going to give up on this because if there’s one thing I think Nancy could understand about me, it’s the urgent need to keep fighting for inclusion.
/Queen Anna out.
Honestly I don’t think Her has been aware that more people want diversity I think most of their fans have been children in the past, but now that we’re all grown up we see the world differently and recognize that it’s so much more diverse than we used to think that if we want the games to reflect today’s world, we need to tell them.
I mean, Her has a Facebook, a Tumblr, emails, blogs, etc. If we get enough participation and enough exposure, we can really get through to the company.
I don’t know to be honest. I think people are just protective of HER and I get that - I’m protective of them too. But as you’ve said, I also think it’s important to point out the flaws in the games. I’m not hating on HER when I do that. I still adore these games, and I love the company - Look at the cookie book they put out today! What other company would do that? - I love that they do little things like that.
I’m not trying to be mean, but to just point out that I’d like to see more representation within the games. I didn’t even think this would be big deal because I see it all the time in other fandoms - They talk about what changes could be made, while still loving the tv show/movie/game/insert whatever thing.
I don’t know, I just wanted to share my opinion on this and hopefully make HER aware of it. I didn’t think I would have to defend my love for HER as a company or my love for the games.
btw, I’m not boycotting HER or anything like that. I love these games and will continue to play them for as long as HER makes them. Hell, I have a tumblr devoted to the games and have been doing this for like two years.
Look, it’s awesome so many of you feel there’s plenty of representation in the games.
But there are others who feel there’s not enough. And it’s fine for us to talk about it.
I hate harping on about this, but again as someone who has a disability which affects many aspects of my life, it would be nice to see people like me in different forms of media. That is all.
If you disagree, that’s fine, but please don’t act like we can’t talk about the fact that there’s little representation for those of us who don’t see ourselves in these games.
I’m not trying to be rude, but it’s actually very upsetting seeing so many people acting like it’s not a big deal. Maybe it’s not for you, but for me and for many others (many have messaged me privately about this and I know there’s others who feel the way I do), it’s a big deal.
It would mean the world to me, if HER actually included a character who is blind or Deaf, or in a wheelchair ect.
If it’s not a big deal to you, awesome. But it is to me.