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Someone on DM posted a comment about an English paper they got back telling them that science fiction and fantasy works were not serious literature and never to be used in class.

My first reaction was something close to indignation and outrage, especially since they are my favorite genres for reading. I'm sure there are authors out there who would consider those comments something akin to a backhanded slap in the face, so what prompts someone to practically rubbish an entire genre in that manner? I think that sci-fi and fantasy are as able to produce serious works as fiction and non-fiction. Several works were listed in response to that post, inlcuding The Odyssey, Brave New World, A Midsummer Nights Dream and my own suggestions of 1984 and Farenheit 451. I would even consider Dante's Divine Comedy works to be sci-fi/fantasy and I remember being made to read all of those for English Lit class in high school. Most people seem to consider those serious literature and great works of writing, particularly a lot of English professors that I've met. I see no reason why any book of any genre shouldn't be considered as serious if the author puts in the time and effort to make it the best it can be.

Ok, that was my rant for the day, just needed to get that out of my system.

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