Apparently, my mind wanted to start with movies - the top five all-time worldwide box office hits, to be precise. In case you aren't familiar with them, you can view them here:
IMDb: All-Time Worldwide Box Office
Notice a trend at all?
|It's like Disney's Pocahontas... IN THE FUTURE.|
If science fiction and fantasy are supposedly unworthy of being studied in school, then why are they so successful in our culture? I'm not saying that all popular culture needs to be taught in school as "literary" or "legitimate" merely because its successful. However, it's obvious that there's something in these science fiction and fantasy stories that connects to the general public in an incredibly powerful way that has yet to be challenged by conventional genres like dramas, comedies, and romances.
Before I delve further into this topic, I'd like to hear your thoughts. Why do you you think that science fiction and fantasy are worth studying and understanding? What do you think they contribute to our world that other genres cannot do?