is how the academic world can accept small doses of poetic urban fantasy as real. It’s how the erudite literati can pick up and read a fantasy novel without addressing or suffering under the stigma of it.
Academia drives me crazy sometimes. There’s nothing wrong with liking fantasy! We don’t have to classify it under some highbrow genre title just because the prose is pretty and there are non-anglo cultures represented in the story. If there are ghosts and spirit guides, you’re probably reading fantasy.