Journey Through Fiction: Magic Realism

What is Magic Realism?

 Simplify version:

Magical realism or marvelous realism is a style of fiction that paints a realistic view of the modern world while also adding magical elements. It is sometimes called fabulism, in reference to the conventions of fables, myths, and allegory - Wikipedia

Complex version:

Here an article I find on Book Riot that goes more into the history and culture impact of Magic Realism as a sub-genre. 

Common Themes find in Magic Realism:

Life and death

The blending of reality and fantasy

Growing up and leaving your childhood behind

 Middle Grade books:

 YA books:

The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender

The Strange Library

 Adult books:

Like Water for Chocolate

The Tiger's Wife

The Night Circus

Big Fish


Midnight in Paris

Pan's Labyrinth


Magic Realism is an artistic style applied to various types of arts such as literature, painting, film, and new media. Magic Realism applied to visual arts became popular in the US and Europe from 1920 to 1940. Technically, this movement lies between Surrealism and Photorealism, with its subject oftentimes rendered with photographic naturalism.

 -The Artist

Alexander Kanoldt:

Paul Cadmus:

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