Monday, June 27, 2011

Introducing: Magical Realism

For those of you who haven't heard of magical realism before or who have only recently heard of it, but aren't really sure about what it is, I decided to write this post for you. Magical realism is a Adult fiction genre or sub-genre that is depicted as:  "Magic realism or magical realism is an aesthetic style or genre of fiction  in which magical elements blend with the real world. The story explains these magical elements as real occurrences, presented in a straightforward manner that places the "real" and the "fantastic" in the same stream of thought"

Magical Realism is also a genre of film and art.

I was introduced to Magical Realism through reading books by Alice Hoffman. I loved how magical her books were, but didn't realise until later that they were Magical Realism. The only Authors that I have read in this genre are Alice Hoffman and Sarah Addison Allen and I thought they were wonderful. If you haven't read anything by these authors please do. 

I really like how Magical Realism is so wonderous. It makes magical elements seem more realistic, as if they might actually happen outside of a book. They are like fairytales for adults in a sense and they can have all sorts of interesting occurrences like wallpaper that changes by mood. None of these things seem to happen right in front of the eye though and it leaves the characters and readers questioning "did that really happen?" 

Magical Realism I read and loved:
-Garden Spells by Sarah Addison Allen
-The Girl Who Chased The Moon by Sarah Addison Allen
-The Third Angel by Alice Hoffman
-Skylight Confessions by Alice Hoffman

On my to-read list:
-100 Years of Solitude by Gabrielle Garcia-Marquez 
-The Lace Reader by Brunonia Barry
-The Red Garden by Alice Hoffman
-The Peach Keeper by Sarah Addison Allen
-The Sugar Queen by Sarah Addison Allen
-Night At the Circus by Angela Carter
-Daughter of Fortune Isabelle Allende
-Fortunes Daughter Alice Hoffman

Not my Picture BTW: Weekend Lolita

So Hopefully Having had a look at this post, you might suss out some Magical Realism and have a see for yourself. 

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