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2016-02-08 02:21:03 Post No. 7672848
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Why is it that fans of fantasy fiction have so much trouble making the jump to literary fiction, or even any genre fiction other than fantasy?
When I was young, I read nothing but Stephen King books. That didn't stop me from trying new things, and I have moved on to literary fiction in the past few years, while still being fond of the time spent reading King. I never felt apprehensive about trying new things. I enjoyed reading King, and I thought, "I'll read different books once I've read all the King books." I stopped before I could finish all he's written, but I still plan to read it all one day. I've enjoyed my time reading literary fiction in general much more.
However, you don't see the same thing with fans of fantasy. These people will read nothing but fantasy, and balk at the suggestion that anything else is even worth reading. It is all "boring," or "hard." What is even more strange is that they will also dismiss the best of their genre, such as Tolkien, as unappealing. It's as if they have a total aversion to quality of any kind.
What can one do to introduce a fan of fantasy to more insightful, better written books?