Aug 30, 2013

Fantasy vs Magical Realism

Last night I went out of coffee with friends, and a common conversation that crops up with PCVs is 'what are your plans after you leave Peace Corps?'.  In this case, the topic linked with the other questions, 'what are you currently reading?'

And that is what I want to ask you about.

I feel like I can read a book and say this is fantasy, and that is magical realism.  But when you get into the idea of urban fantasy, where exactly in the line between the two?

Are fairies in Central Park, the only fantastic element of a book, enough to call a book urban fantasy or is that magical realism, since it's only one odd thing in an otherwise normal world?  Or what about talking cats?

Thoughts on the difference between fantasy and magical realism?

4 comments:

  1. I think that would count as Magical Realism if it is the only fantasy element.

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    1. So, the difference would be a world seeped in magic as opposed to just one thing being magical? I think I like that.

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    2. So, the difference would be a world seeped in magic as opposed to just one thing being magical? I think I like that.

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  2. Does it have to have a specific genre? I would class a story that took place in a fictional world, like Pratchett's Discworld, as Fantasy. Surely a talking cat is just fiction... except for my cats who talk to me most of the time, of course... or maybe that's insanity!

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