Post by paprlstr8tr on Feb 4, 2017 11:05:48 GMT -5
Can anyone recommend a good resource (online course, blog post, book etc) defining what "magical realism" is in Children's Literature? Or some author/book recommendations of "magical realism" in children's books? I keep seeing agents/editors wanting TRUE "magical realism" and I'm not sure what they are NOT wanting to see.
Two excellent YA books that fall into the category of Magical Realism are THE STRANGE AND BEAUTIFUL SORROWS OF AVA LAVENDER and BONE GAP. My understanding is that the books are set in everyday reality with a magical element that is normal to the situation. If that makes sense. Like a character has something fantastical (in AVA the MC has wings) but that is the only element out of the ordinary. Hopefully other people will post some good book recs - I very much enjoyed the two I mentioned and would love to read more and maybe even try my hand at writing one in the future.
Post by erinseaotter on Feb 4, 2017 14:11:33 GMT -5
I'm a teacher and student of English, so I'll share what I've been taught about traditional magical realism in a university setting.
Magical realism always uses the real world as its anchor, and injects magical elements in it which a) are never/rarely explained, and b) even if the characters find the magic unusual, it's just accepted.
I think Gabriel Garcia Marquez's short story "A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings" does a great job illustrating "true" magical realism.
My own experience of magical realism in children's fiction is that when I see something's described as magical realist I've come to expect a sort of like...literary paranormal book. So no vampires, no werewolves, no faeries--none of the trappings of what I usually associate with paranormal. I also feel like the fact that no one can agree on what MR is or means in children's fiction is both good and bad. Good because it feels like a very porous genre and can include a lot of different books, but bad because we can never be sure what MR means for a single person and we might get a it wrong!
If I were teaching my YA book class this semester I think "What does MR mean to you?" would definitely be one of my reflection paper topics!
Post by lindsaywrites on Feb 5, 2017 16:42:01 GMT -5
Oops, I meant to include book recs. The ones listed above are awesome. BONE GAP is one of the most gorgeous books in existence. Anne-Marie McLemore writes stunning YA magical realism. THE WEIGHT OF FEATHERS and WHEN THE MOON WAS OURS are both incredible. My first introduction to MR was by an Australian literary writer named Tim Winton. His book CLOUDSTREET still lingers in my imagination, and it's been about 15 years since I read it. It isn't children's, but it is a stunning work of magical realism.
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^ I second A Monster Calls - that was the first book that came to my mind.
Island by Nicky Singer The Thief Lord by Cornelia Funke Millions by Frank Cottrell Boyce The Bone Sparrow - Zana Fraillon Skellig - David Almond Dreaming the Bear - Mimi Thebo Holes - Louis Sachar
YA/adult fiction: The Snow Child - Eowyn Ivey The Earth Hums in B-Flat - Mari Strachan Chocolat - Joanne Harris The Ocean at the End of the Lane - Neil Gaiman The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake - Aimee Bender Grief is the Thing with Feathers - Max Porter
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