Is that a fairie your writing about?

In an interview with Wired News, renowned artist Dave McKean (of I draw every Neil Gamon comic fame) had an interesting comment on genre storytelling.

"Films about fairies and hobbits mean absolutely nothing to me. I'll never meet a hobbit. It will never be an issue in my life. But a film about someone who needs to believe in fairies can be fascinating. What drives that person, what's the problem, what's happened in their brain to make them believe? That stuff is fascinating and wonderful. But a film about fairies couldn't be more uninteresting to me." (Complete interview)

As someone who spends a good amount of time consuming genre stories about fairies I was initially a bit taken-a-back by this comment. But really, the best thing about good genre stories are that they can deal with important real-world issues in unique ways because they escape the baggage of our experiences and pre-impressions of those same issues.

So, if the story really is just about Fairies I would be inclined to agree with Mr. McKean. Thankfully there are a lot of good genre stories out there that really aren't about the fairies.