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Magical Realism is the blending of reality and magic until the edges are blurred.
- Magical Realism can create a really unique mood and atmosphere.
- It can create a sense of wonder, magic, the bizarre, or a sense of the strange.
- It can be used to present ideas or story in a unique way.
- It can take metaphor and symbolism one step further.
- It can beef up the story’s climax.
- It can be used to convey theme.
- It can take an idea from the fantasy, supernatural, horror, or sci-fi genres and give it new life.
- It can be used to color an entire piece or to just emphasize the magnitude of a single moment.
- It can give an author the ability to really explore the possibilities of his or her imagination in a different way.
For example, there’s a book The Theory of Invisibility by Aimee Pita. In it, a woman haunted by the death of her husband and son slips into a state of invisibility. Her emotions are what cause the magic.
Theories or Suggested Explanations
I have seen characters have vague theories or assumptions about why something has happened, but they are not scientific. They are theories about religion, mysticism, and emotional magic. This is more common in catalyst Magical Realism.
For example, in The Green Mile by Steven King, the main character has vague theories as to why a prisoner on death row can heal people, but his theories are never assumed as truth or confirmed and even his discussion of them contains a sense of uncertainty or mystery.
Atmosphere is pretty critical for Magical Realism and is used in both atmospheric and catalyst types.
Remember the Goal
I hope this was helpful and that you go out there and weave some magic!