Got a kick out of some of the answers Patrick Rothfuss, author of the ‘King Killer Trilogy’, gave in an interview on SFFWorld. I have read the first two books and am looking forward to the third.
When asked if the “fantasy genre will ever come to be recognized as veritable literature?” Rothfuss’ response that many of the ‘classics’ are fantasy was something I had never considered:
The lion’s share of old-school literature IS fantasy, they just pretend it isn’t. The Odyssey is full of gods and spells. Oedipus Rex has a sphinx and a prophecy. There are witches in Macbeth, faeries in Midsummer Night’s Dream, and a ghost in Hamlet. Dante’s Inferno? Beowulf? All looks like fantasy to me….
As I try to read my way through the Pulitzer and Newbery award winners, I couldn’t agree more with his final conclusion:
As far as having my book recognized as literature? [Pat shrugs] Why would I want that? I mean, have you read Great Expectations? Gech. Why would I want to invited into their little club? Give me Tim Powers and Phillip K Dick. Give me Le Guin, Gaiman, and Pratchett. Give me McKillip and Whedon. These are the storytellers. These are our modern mythmakers. Our oracles. Our dreamers. I want to be on that team.