Fantasy is Real Literature — It’s ALL Literature

Writing the libretto to Final Fantasy VI: The Opera and falling in love with Westeros has given me occasion to think about the “art” status of fantasy, of fantasy as capable of being just as good as “high literature.” Lev Grossman, true to form, explains why sneering at fantasy is not just wrongheaded, but shows an actual ignorance of the heritage of what we read today. To use a Sullivanism, money quote:

Where would Spenser’s “Faerie Queene” be without fairies? Where would Shakespeare have been without fantasy—his spirits, his ghosts, and his proto-Orc Caliban, the misshapen villain of “The Tempest”? You can’t have Macbeth without the witches three.”

~ by Benji on July 29, 2011.

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