Fantasy vs. Magical Realism

Here’s a useful article on a meaningful distinction. I’ve started pitching my work in progress, The Drowned Man, as magical realism. It certainly isn’t fantasy. Yet I’m not so sure it meets this definition either. What’s your definition of magical realism? Share your favorite examples!

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In the quest to define the genre of my novel, The Heart Stone Chronicles – The Swamp Fairy, I stumbled across a definition of a genre I had not previously explored. It is called magical realism.

Although I have categorized my novel into the fantasy realm, after further reflection, I do believe it falls more into the magical realism category.

“Fantasy is defined as a work of fiction where magic is the main plot element, theme, or setting. Many fantasy novels take place in imaginary worlds where magic and magical creatures are common.” Wikipedia. in her post, “Magical Realism, What is it?” defines magical realism with the following traits:

“Real World Setting:
Magical realism is almost always rooted in a real place, though like in Wizard of the Crow or One Hundred Years of Solitude, it can often be a made-up city or town within the real world that is…

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3 responses to “Fantasy vs. Magical Realism

  1. Silver Threading

    Thanks so much for sharing. I am interested in hearing about your novel. I understand magical realism is more a literary fiction genre. For marketing, I have been advised to stick with fantasy… I am on the fence about this and will need more information. Hugs. ❤


    • Thanks for posting the article. As I think I wrote, I’m not sure that’s my genre. A Hundred Years of Solitude is obviously (for me) the quintessential MR novel, but I’ve seen variations on it. I’m working on some revisions right now, but will post sample chapters again when I’ve got some ready. Anyway, whatever it is, it’s fun to write!

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