Book trilogy inspired by African myths scores movie deal

Tomi Adeyemi's Children Of Blood And Bone depicts violence that is rooted in the black experience

When Tomi Adeyemi was growing up, she looked in the books, television shows and films that she loved for black heroines who looked like her. She could not find them.

"I didn't see myself at all," says the American author. "I didn't realise how much a lack of representation destroyed my own self-esteem growing up and how much I had to fight to love myself before that."

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 06, 2018, with the headline 'The reality within a fantasy'. Subscribe