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Magically Real

My very significant Significant Other Rexroth Implausible earlier sent me a definition of Magical Realism that reads, in part:

Magical realism differs from pure fantasy primarily because it is set in a normal, modern world with authentic descriptions of humans and society and involves the amalgamation of the real and the fantastic.

I’ve long been a fan of fantasy, since back before I had my first pair of heels, and read The Hero and The Crown, the Dragonlance Chronicles, and The Hobbit, among others. Lately though, my preference for fantasy is more urban than high. As the definition above makes clear, this kind of fantasy blends reality with some sense of the mystical, the magical. It’s common in some great fiction, but also in films. The one that comes to mind is The Prestige, magical not just because of Hugh Jackman’s presence in it (yummy!), but also for the denouement. I don’t want to give anything away if any of you haven’t seen the movie yet, but obliquely, what I love about the explanation of the film, of the magic… is that it’s magic.
I love finding that feeling in a manuscript, and that love is one of the reasons I’m so excited that Alyson Noel’s new book is a paranormal. With the same ease she’s shown in mixing Art Geeks with Prom Queens, she mixes the real and the fantastic. I look forward to telling you more about it soon!
What are some of your favorite magical realism books or movies?

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