Last weekend, we had one of our favorites Prithvi doing a session on Magical Realism. Prithvi is one of the most creative writers and by far one of the MOST fun guys we’ve ever known. And with him hosting, that fun was all assured.
Magical realism (magic realism, or marvelous realism) is literature, painting, and film that, while encompassing a range of subtly different concepts, share in common an acceptance of magic in the rational world. It is also sometimes called fabulism, in reference to the conventions of fables, myths, and allegory.
Pick any element – physical existence quantified – and turn your tale around the magic that could occur with the evidence of that element.
Any genre of fiction can get at truths, of course. Some science fiction and fantasy do so, and are serious fiction. Some SF and fantasy are escapist. But magical realism is always serious, never escapist, because it is trying to convey the reality of one or several worldviews that actually exist, or have existed. Magical realism is a kind of realism, but one different from the realism that most of our culture now experiences.
As enticing as it may seem, the theme was not all that easy. But our spinning imagination ceased at nothing and we had some really wonderful stories coming up.