Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Book List: Magical Realism

Magical Realism
Wikipedia describes magical realism as "an aesthetic style or genre of fiction in which magical elements blend with the real world. The story explains these magical elements as real occurrences, presented in a straightforward manner that places the "real" and the "fantastic" in the same stream of thought." I'm a big fan of this genre (Sarah Addison Allen is my favorite) and I wanted to find more books (and movies) in this style. Many of these authors wrote more in this style than the book listed, but the titles below are a good starting place.

Sarah Addison Allen – Garden Spells
Alice Hoffman – Practical Magic
Isabel Allende – The House of Spirits
Jonathan Safran Foer – Everything is Illuminated
Laura Esquivel – Like Water for Chocolate
Gabriel Garcia Marquez – One Hundred Years of Solitude
Carlos Ruiz Zafon – The Shadow of the Wind
Italo Calvino – Invisible Cities
Kathryn Davis – Labrador
Melissa Senate – The Love Goddess Cooking School
Lauren Groff – The Monsters of Templeton
Karen Russell – Swamplandia!
Peter Grandbois – The Gravedigger
Paulo Coelho – The Alchemist
Tabitha King and Michael McDowell – Candles Burning
Toni Morrison – Beloved
Steven King – The Green Mile
Franz Kafka – The Metamorposis

Movies and TV Shows:
Death Takes a Holiday (1934) / Meet Joe Black (1998)
Big (1988)
Like Water for Chocolate (1992)
Groundhog Day (1993)
Lawn Dogs (1997)
Pleasantville (1998)
Practical Magic (1998)
Donnie Darko (2001)
Whale Rider (2002)
The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (2004)
The Lake House (2006)
Pushing Daisies (2007-2009) TV show - Thanks to Steven Gravatte for the recommendation!

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