Some general background about the novel I am writing: It has an archetypal fantasy setting, dungeons, castles, dragons, wizards, kings, queens and emperors. That sort of thing. There are a lot of different races, including elves, humans, animal-like people I call saevals, and orcs. (I won't mention them all, since it would take a lot of explaining, which I would rather let you read once my book gets on the shelves - that's the dream, right?) Anyway. I want to slip some modern social issues into my story, something that will strike the reader, but still require some level of insight. I wondered if anyone has experience of this and is willing to impart some glorious advice. For instance, in my book, marriage can be between same-sex couples as well as opposite sex couples. There is no written rule that denies this. It remains taboo, however, and I want to throw my thoughts out there, that "love is love" without feeling like I'm forcing it down anybody's throat. Another one would be the issue of race and immigration. My world is war-torn, and so refugees are migrating in vast herds, impressing themselves upon different races and cultures. Also, a world war (not dissimilar to the Napoleonic wars and first world war - sometimes the best stories are the ones that have already happened) is raging, causing Empires to position themselves into new lands to protect vital choke points and resource spots. Naturally, they wish to impose their laws on the lands they overthrow, which has a profound effect on the natives. While I want some of the people in my book to be racist, I want to purvey it in a sympathetic light. I hate racists, and so it is quite a challenge for me, to put myself into the position of someone who feels their culture is threatened by outsiders, and begins to judge people based on the colour of their skin, or their race. Thanks for reading, and any thoughts would be most immeasurably appreciated!