Many people still assume that fantasy is just for children and that adults who read it must be childish themselves. I see it all the time. I’ll be at a dinner party, and the person next to me asks me what I do. I’m a novelist, I’ll say, and a little light of hopeful interest kindles in their eyes. What kind of novels do you write? the dinner guest asks. And I reply: fantasy novels. And just like that, the little light of hopeful interest dies away.
I understand that reaction. I’ve even caught myself having it. But when I found my voice as a novelist, it came out as fantasy. My books have spells in them and even the odd monster or two. Is that so wrong?

Tolkien, Lewis, George R.R. Martin: Why Fantasy Is a Real Part of Literature - WSJ.com

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