I've always loved both high and low fantasy, especially when growing up. A world full of magic, mythology, where just about anything is possible has always appealed to me. If you're going to read, why read about the same everyday things experienced in daily life. Escape to a new world is a lovely thing offered in both sci-fi and fantasy.
I love writing fantasy, have done a bit of high fantasy, but have also found my comfort in writing fantasy elements into a realistic world. Merging science with fantasy in the ideas of transformation using mermaid genetics, or bringing fossilized dragons back to life, and following the stories of characters thrust into the mix, accidentally or entirely against their wills.
One of the things I've always loved about Fantasy is the fact that it gets debunked a lot. No English professor or high school teacher will hold up a fantasy book and say: This is what we'll be analyzing, let's explore this important piece of literature. It amuses me, because Fantasy is viewed as little more than whimsical pulp fiction, when in fact, I've found this genre to contain more thematic and relatable than many of the works considered to be important literature. Plus it's more easily swallowed and understood, and remembered. For the genre that gets little credit in society to be so connectable and beloved is both amusing and heartwarming. ^_^