Magical Realism ( or Magic Realism) is a style of fiction, art, or film that blends the real world with one element of the "unreal." Often, writers and artists use magical realism as a tool with which to reveal a deeper understanding of human nature by slightly removing the reader from his or her normal environment, adding just enough "differentness" to spark a cognitive reassessment of the true nature of reality.
In literature, the narrative explains these magical elements as ordinary occurrences, presented in a straightforward manner that places the "real" and the "fantastic" side-by-side.
The term is broadly applicable rather than critically rigorous: Matthew Strecher defines magic realism as "...what happens when a highly detailed, realistic setting is invaded by something 'too strange to believe."
And now for the obligatory Wikipedia quote:
"This critical perspective towards magical realism stems from the Western reader's disassociation with mythology, a root of magical realism more easily understood by non-Western cultures. Western confusion regarding magical realism is due to the "...conception of the real" created in a magical realist text: rather than explain reality using natural or physical laws, as in typical Western texts, magical realist texts create a reality "...in which the relation between incidents, characters, and setting could not be based upon or justified by their status within the physical world or their normal acceptance by bourgeois mentality."
Magical realism is my favorite form of literature. I am about one and a half chapters away from finishing "Limitless" (previously released under the throw-back-to-the-Great-Gatsby title, "The Dark Fields"), by Alan Glynn, and I'm a bit worried about finding anything to top it. I am in the middle of three non-fiction books (Perpetual read: The bible, as well as a Home Group book "Crazy Love," and nearing the end of Radical), plus there's my Steps Studies work book, which has lots of required reading, so it is absolutely imperative that I find something non-fiction-y, to take my mind on vacation once in a while.
But Speaking of vacation, Justin and I are celebrating our two year anniversary today, and he is going to kill me if I keep writing instead of spending time with him, so see ya!