This is a question I have been wanting to ask the forums for awhile, but I either don't have time or I forget due to busywork. But it's a subject thats been coming up with my friends and I, and writing classes lately for me. And I was curious to the opinion of those on this forum. Basically, do you consider writings that are put in the genre of Fantasy as literature? And by literature, I mean books that are regarded as pieces of art basically. To name a few that come off the top of my head for example - The Great Gatsby, Frankenstein, The Road. These books are considered pieces of 'literature'. And with Fantasy, I speak of you know - swords and magic, wizards and witches, that kind of stuff. Any kind of fantasy, from high to dark, could you ever consider literature? Acclaimed pieces of fantasy work are Lord of the Rings - which has seemed to be gaining respect over the past decades, and another in my opinion, A Song of Ice and Fire series. Alot of people argue that Fantasy isn't literature, as people in Fantasy have it easy compared to other genres when writing, such as elements, creating drama and such, as compared to other genres. While some say this just shows the capability of a writer even more. So what are your thoughts? Can works of Fantasy be considered literature, and worthy enough to stand along with the classics? Or no. Give your reasons and such.