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Magic Realism: Exploring the Boundaries between Reality and Fantasy.

The Genre, Magic Realism, has been around since people imagined and felt the unseen. So yea, it's not just with the gift of Kafka's Metamorphosis that we are suddenly endowed with extrasensorial ideas. Today, magic realism can be seen and read in many formats including video games and comic strips. As a matter of fact, if you take out the pop fluff off of the Stan Lee stuff, that's what you've got.


Now, a new awareness has been cleared up called the feminist magic realism. The list of stories in this genre surpasses any list conceived before. Check it out here:


About what magic realism is NOT...

Think of historical fiction. It's realistic. Now thin of supernatural, metaphysical, or paranormal events, circumstances or objects placed in this context. You still have magic realism.


So, take out the historical fiction. Instead, create a make believe world in a faraway corner of an unknown galaxy, and then you'll have fantasy. But it will be called sci-fi because of its high tech syndrome. This is an example of what magic realism is not.


Another example would be Harry Potter. It turned out to be an epic. Yes, there's elements of magic realism here—the magic itself. But this world is not founded on reality and it is more of a coming of age story in the making.


What about Gaiman's work? It depends on the piece. "American Gods" seems to be the most appropriate with Odin, an African deity, calling the shots. But what about the Sandman? The jury is still out on that one. It seems like the world in which the Sandman exists is not founded on reality and the social critique is just not there.


The feminist list of magic realism authors and stories informs this writer of why she writes and labels the works in that rank, but she didn't know it until by serendipity the term showed up in the many search results





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