I'll say it plainly: I have strong prejudice against fantasy writing if it's not from the 'literary' authors of old, e.g. Dunsany and Tolkien. I'm also not a fan of most genre fiction. I'm a little depressed these days as what I want to write most is in the realm of the fantastic, but I have no interest in joining the YA crowd and I don't like anything that modern fantasy writers are producing. My question is this: can one write literary fantasy in this day and age? I want to write a human story with elements of the fantastic and the surreal, not orcs and elves fighting each other or wizards using magic. The problem is I think a lot of people wouldn't take even this 'minimalist fantasy' seriously simply because it'd be a sort of fantasy. The closest analogue I can think of would be magical realism or Gaiman's Coraline, although I don't consider the latter to be of much repute in literary circles. Can it even be done, writing serious fiction in this way? I feel it won't ever be taken seriously. Depressing.