Question by bookworm14: What is the difference between magic realism and fantasy genre in terms of movies/novels?
I already know that magic realism is presenting a world of both reality and fantasy. But I`m not quite sure what is the difference between fantasy genre and magic realism genre??? Thanks for the help.
Answer by Harry
Magic realism, or magical realism, is an artistic genre in which magical elements or illogical scenarios appear in an otherwise realistic or even “normal” setting. It has been widely used in relation to literature, art, and film.
Fantasy is a genre that uses magic and other supernatural forms as a primary element of plot, theme, and/or setting. Fantasy is generally distinguished from science fiction and horror by the expectation that it steers clear of technological and macabre themes, respectively, though there is a great deal of overlap between the three (collectively known as speculative fiction).
Prominent English-language fantasy writers have stated that “magic realism” is only another name for fantasy fiction. Gene Wolfe said, “Magic realism is fantasy written by people who speak Spanish,”, and Terry Pratchett said magic realism “is like a polite way of saying you write fantasy”.
Others say that in fantasy, the writer creates new worlds, perhaps new planets. By contrast, writers, who use magical realism, don’t create new worlds, but suggest the magical in our world.
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