Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Ursula K. Le Guin on the importance of reading fantasy

Ursula K. Le Guin, from "Staying Awake: Notes on the Alleged Demise of Reading": 

fairy tale, legend, fantasy, science fiction, and the rest of the lunatic fringe. I believe that maturity is not an outgrowing, but a growing up; that an adult is not a dead child, but a child who survived. I believe that all the best faculties of a mature human being exist in the child, and that if these faculties are encouraged in youth they will act well and wisely in the adult, but if they are repressed and denied in the child they will stunt and cripple the adult personality. . [1]

Sadly it seems that we who love the realm of Faerie always find ourselves on the defensive when explaining our's good to be armed with quotes like this! 


  1. This is pretty much how I feel. I too love faerie, but we always have to defend ourselves, no matter how strong our numbers are.

  2. A perfect quote and very timely for me to stumble upon today. Thank you for sharing it :)