A publisher asked me an interesting question a short while ago. What would it have done to my sales if I had made Alex Rider black?The only popular black kid's character that immediately comes to mind is George of the genius Captain Underpants series. Or was it Harold?
Horowitz of course never declares that Alex Rider is white. But it's obvious. Would sales have been as good with a black character? It makes one think.
As Horowitz says in the blog post:
Literacy and the love of reading is a bigger answer than we might think. We just need to be more ambitious with the questions.Do read the whole of Horowitz's piece. It's important. Here's the link again