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Color-coding in fantasy poll

Poll #1284658 Color-coding

The setting of a fantasy novel is a country whose people are brown. There's an Evil Empire (tm) nearby. What color are the people in the Evil Empire (tm)?

also brown
19(42.2%)
darker
1(2.2%)
paler
13(28.9%)
unspecified
8(17.8%)
feathered or otherwise nonhuman
4(8.9%)

The heroine is a brown person, native to the setting; the hero is an outsider, formerly oppressed by the Evil Empire (tm). The hero's color is

brown
13(29.5%)
darker
3(6.8%)
paler
8(18.2%)
mixed race
15(34.1%)
feathered or otherwise nonhuman
5(11.4%)

When I write fantasy, I think about the color of the various characters.

Yes.
22(50.0%)
No.
4(9.1%)
Sometimes.
16(36.4%)
I don't think it matters.
1(2.3%)
I don't want to say.
1(2.3%)

I think character color in fantasy novels is linked with real-world issues.

Yes, we can't help but make connections.
19(42.2%)
No, it's just fantasy, their color doesn't matter.
2(4.4%)
Sometimes; I'm not sure.
1(2.2%)
It's better fantasy if we try to disrupt the real-world connections.
8(17.8%)
It depends how closely the fantasy world mirrors ours in other respects.
13(28.9%)
I'm still thinking about this issue.
2(4.4%)
I commented below.
0(0.0%)

My favorite fantasy novel with non-white people is:

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