Julie Armstrong, Ph.D., Associate Professor, College of Arts and Sciences
Thomas Smith, Ph.D. Associate Professor, College of Arts and Sciences
Trey Conner, Ph.D Assistant Professor, College of Arts and Sciences
University of South Florida St. Petersburg
There is a large audience for fantasy literature in the United States, as shown by the astronomically successful sales of recent fantasy best-sellers, but, at the same time, many people do not see fantasy literature's real value. In this very practical modern world, if a book does not reflect real life, it is likely to be criticized and disregarded. Fantasy literature can be seen as juvenile or badly-written. Some people simply dislike fantasy and do not see the point of reading it. Some people are just the opposite: they love fantasy and feel like it gives them inspiration and deep meaning.
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