The literary genre of Fantasy

I'm 66, have been reading fantasy since I was 12 or so.  Now that fantasy has stormed into the limelight, I am bemused that, with a backlist of so much fine, fine work long neglected, what is standing in the limelight is stuff life Harry Potter (C-, neat gadget and spells, but no character depth, no mythic structure...movies better than the book because actors inhabit the characters) andThe Lightning Thief (sigh).  This is not a hit on YA.  Diane Duane has been writing killer work there a long time (The Wizard series, kids going up against a well drawn Satan, losing a parent and coping with mortality....and her adult work, The Tale of the Five, is transcendent),  Diane Wynn Jones has been writing forever with the depth to attract Miyazaki (Howl's Castle) and her Charmed Life/Christopher Chant/Magicians of Caprona work (nicely collected in a 2 volume Green Willow set, The Chronicles of Chrestomanci).  More adult fantasy: Lois McMaster Bujold (who has won as many Hugos as Heinlein did) has fine, fine work, her Chalion series, Curse of Chalion and Paladin of Souls, is thunderously about redemption and true courage, about the spirit in travail.  And for a walk through a different world, her 4 volume Sharing Knife series will pull along, book after book.  Looking back to the past, there's Zenna Henderson and her stories of the People wonderfully anthologized in Ingathering.  In the present, the matle of her kind of work about a paranormally gifted extended family has carried forward by Nina Kiriki Hoffman in The Thread That Binds The Bones and its successors.  More from the past: R.A. MacAvoy and her Grey Horse, on a classic tale of a pooka's love affair in the 30's Gaeltacth of rural Ireland.  Also her Tea with the Black Dragon.  Two more 4-volume classics, The Dark is Rising series of Susan Cooper and Evangeline Walton's retelling of the Welsh folk epic, the Mabinogion.  For truly spiritual, even mystical fantasy, Charles Williams, a man who T.S. Eliot thought of as his master.  And of course: White's Once and Future King, including the Book of Merlin, which will break your heart.  Also *anything* of Ursula LeGuin.

Two authors I find eventually disappointing are Mercedes Lackey (lots of output, but lightweight...Tamora Pierce does that sort of work much, much better) and Tolkien, who doesn't wear well to me  While his work is epic, the surface glitters and his alternate world and language(s) are superbly researched and created, the characters and the myths have neither depth nor development for me.

I eschew :) tragic dark fantasy, ugly, bloody, Machiavellian fantasy like Game of Thrones, the work of Guy Gabriel Keyes, Robin Hobbs (glorified assassins, forsooth) Stephen Donaldson (glorified epilepsy, double forsooth), fantasy where goodness, honor and loyalty are drowned in blood, betrayal, soulless seduction and back-stabbing.  If I'm reading and investing my imagination in an author's alternate universe, I want to be shown Light, deliverance and redemption, how another world might exalt the human spirit, not yetanotherugly imagination of the dark side.  As if that was something special: just turn on the news