Fiction Readers - A Little Advice, Please?




As Salamu-Alaykum, my lovelies!

I can't believe we are over halfway through Ramadan already! I hope everyone's been having a productive month filled with lots of spiritual and personal growth. I set myself a few targets this month and I'll share a few of them with you at the end of Ramadan, inshaa Allah. I would like to see how many of my targets I accomplish, and also hopefully continue to set new ones after Ramadan. 

Today, I just wanted to get a bit of advice from anyone who enjoys reading fiction. I don't know if I've mentioned this in the past, but I read quite a lot of fictional books, and I also write from time to time. I've been working on a few projects over the past year, but Ramadan this year has made me think about a couple of things. 

First of all, why do I hardly ever come across a bestseller with a Muslim protagonist? I love psychological thrillers - are there no Muslim women or men who go through psychological trauma and eventually come out triumphant (or not, depending on the story!)? I also love mysteries - do we not have Muslim men and women working as lawyers, detectives, crime specialists or in the police force? What about young adult fiction? Are there no Muslim teens and adolescents who go through battles worth writing about - identity crisis, bullying, depression, insecurities, struggles with families and/or friendships, conformity, etc?

I think half of fiction is being able to relate to at least one of the main characters of the book. While there are many different reasons you may relate to a character, I think there should be more of a choice when it comes to the background of the characters. Every female character does not have to be an American named Hazel. And not every male character has to be a British boy named Harry (although I do love me so H. Potter ;-)). And it's okay to write books that don't contain wizards and werewolves and underage sex and excessive profanity.

I did some research online and I did find a few books with Muslim protagonists, but there aren't nearly enough. Not in my opinion, anyway. Since then, I've been thinking about focusing more of my time working in that direction. So far, none of my projects have any Muslim protagonists, which I would like to change from now on. I'm talking about plain fiction by the way, rather than a religious guide of some sort (there will be no preaching, lol).

So, to the Muslim readers of fiction out there - what do you think? What kind of genres do you enjoy reading? Have you read any good books lately that you can share with the rest of us? Would you like to see more writers out there publishing books with Muslim protagonists, or do you not care either way? And if you're a writer yourself, send me an email if you'd like so we can discuss a bit more!


Any feedback will be very much appreciated, and all opinions are regarded in equal measure x

Ramadan Kareem :-)