So last column I talked about stereotypes in creating races. Mostly it was:
- Don’t do it.
- Be sure not to mix up culture versus racial/species traits.
- Really, don’t do it.
- Did I mention conflating culture and biological traits really is bad?
However there’s a specific kind of stereotyping of races I want to call out in worldbuilding. One that’s insidiuous in real life and in fictional world creation. One that often goes unexplored.
The Positive Stereotype.