Magical Realism is a genre prevalent in literature and film that incorporates fantastic elements into an otherwise, realistic, mundane setting. Ancient beliefs, mythology, and legends speak to the heart. The King of Magical Realism is Columbian, Gabriel García Márquez, and his masterpiece is One Hundred Years of Solitude(1967) about the South American mythical town of Macondo through the history of the Buendía family. Don’t be fooled by the genre fantasy. In fantasy novels, the created world adheres to a natural or physical law. In Magical Realism, like One Hundred Years of Solitude, descriptions such as poverty and housekeeping are surrounded with fantastic happenings and presented in a way that is completely believable. Magic!
Here’s some of my favorite examples….
This is only a brief list. Which Magical Realism books are your favorite?
Films shine today when they use special effects to bring Magical Realism to life. Magical Realism in films are often those cool films that cause you to speculate and think about the meaning of life. The realism of boring life seems to spawn a magical element that becomes convincing. Magical Realism in films question philosophical themes like what is real, or join legends and myths to the “real” world. Don’t be fooled by fantasy. Magical Realism is not The Lord of the Rings or Avatar. Is it The Wizard of Oz? Yes.
Frequently, a great classic novel finds success on the screen. Again, fantasy follows a law of physics or natural order set in another time or dimension. Magical Realism inserts fantastic elements into a mundane life to create the extrodinary.
Here’s a sampling of my favorite Magical Realism films:
Magical Realism is one of my favorite genres for telling stories. It’s escapism at it’s best.
Ang Lee is my favorite director when it comes to Magical Realism. He is my hero! Which novels and films are your favorites?
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