If you’ve grown up in the American school system, you’ve most likely read “To Kill a Mocking Bird” or Shakespeare. However, how many have said they got to read fantasy books such as “Lord of the Rings” or “Harry Potter” outside of the free choice days. Growing up wanting to write fantasy books made me frustrated because I could never find books that interested me and never got to enjoy my genre to its fullest.
For many, genre literature is looked down upon and with far less depth to characters. People would rather teach the critique of society through “Great Gatsby” over the affect of war on people in “Lord of the Rings.” You can even critique religion and how society viewed different cultures in the Narnia Series.
So why do people ignore these topics, if they are available? College. Often English courses will promote literary fiction and look down on genre fiction as a whole. They would praise the depth and the purple prose and drill into students that they must feel the same. This leads to future students miserable because they are focused more on what blue curtains mean versus the adventure of getting to those curtains.
Even in the creative writing classes, fantasy is looked down upon as a lack of creativity because magic can be a form of dues ex machina. However, it can also be more constricting because it is adding a new element of physics that can create more intensity for the main character. Despite this, there is always hatred.
Thankfully, more younger audiences are becoming teachers and these audiences are more open to fantasy. This means more are readinng fantasy within classrooms than ever. Even actual young adult literature is being incorporated into the classroom. So there is now hope for fantasy lovers to see fantasy books be enjoyed and no longer banned within the classroom.