When I was in college, I liked magical realism–and I didn’t even know it. I read Haruki Murakami, famed author of The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle, 1Q84, and Norwegian Wood. In the most simplistic terms, magic or magical realism is a genre where characters in literature are placed in a realistic setting, but something extraordinary happens within the story. Sometimes, that unusual characteristic that borders what’s real and what’s fake is pushed in magical realism, but it still leans towards real in regards to the environment.
In the artistic form, magical realism has a striking resemblance to traditional Surrealism, but there’s one key difference between the two: Surrealism deals with dreams, the unconscious, the sub-conscious while magical realism delves into the fantastical world. One book I’d recommend that shows the artistic form of magical realism is Imaginaire II: Magical Realism, as shown below.
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In a recent search to find some magical realistic magazines online, I discovered that this genre–though practiced both in literature and art around the world–isn’t so prominent in the public. Surrealism, yes, but magical realism, not so much. Still, I think that people who like anime, manga, comics, fantasy, and science fiction would like magical realism.
Why am I talking about magical realism here? I hope to be a writer in it. As I said, I’m a big fan of Haruki Murakami, and I hope to take the stories I have, like The Ends Don’t Tie with Bunny Rabbits, into the world of magical realism.