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!



Filed under genres for writers, Plot Development for writers, style for writers, Writing, writing novels

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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