I was reading a reply from George RR Martin to a question from a reader of his works regarding the racial representation in A Song of Ice and Fire series, in which there's an abundance of white characters and few prominent black and Asian characters. In the show there's even less... In fact, I recall only Xaro Xhoan Daxos (who's white in the books), Missandei and Grey Worm being black people, and there are no Asians. GRRM says it's because the series revolves around Westeros, and Westeros itself is based on medieval England, but the world of the series has places with predominantly black and Asian populations as well, the problem being that they don't appear in the story at all since Westeros, and thus, the white people, occupy the spotlight. This makes me realize that the racial issue is a reality and, if authors want to describe their character's appearances, they're going to have to address it in some way. If your work is based on (semi)realistic worlds, it's unrealistic to imagine all the people around you are going to be white. If you're dealing with humans (or humans converted into creatures), adding diversity could enrichen your world. However, I'm so used to Caucasian white-centric works that it influences me in a bad way and creates a subconscious "standard" of characters being white in my mind. And this is bad IMO. I think it's frustrating for black people to look around and see that most pop icons are white, and most important characters like superheroes etc. are white. I mean, I don't mind that most characters in A Song of Ice and Fire are white, but I'm white. People were rightfully bothered by it, and it's a valid complaint about the series, though. On the other hand, there's the issue of creating unrealistic characters. Though I don't like to follow stereotypes and I think that I should be fine if I create the character as a human first and later give it color and atributes. But some people might "like" those stereotypes. Basically, what's your opinion on this subject?