Wikipedia says the following about Magical Realism:
Magic realism is a genre where magic elements are a natural part in an otherwise mundane, realistic environment. Although it is most commonly used as a literary genre, magic realism also applies to film and the visual arts.
One example of magic realism occurs when a character in the story continues to be alive beyond the normal length of life and this is subtly depicted by the character being present throughout many generations. On the surface the story has no clear magical attributes and everything is conveyed in a real setting, but such a character breaks the rules of our real world. The author may give precise details of the real world such as the date of birth of a reference character and the army recruitment age, but such facts help to define an age for the fantastic character of the story that would turn out to be an abnormal occurrence like someone living for two hundred years.”
In other words the Ordinary and the Extraordinary are intermixed, best mates, good pales. This is what I try to do in The Boston 395. The story is about an ordinary life that encounters the extra-ordinary and in many ways they are all the same, all mixed up.
This is not to discount fantasy at all. But it is instead to put another slant on it. I’ve seen and read The Lord of The Ring. Good stuff. Great stuff.
Now…I am bored to tears with elves and orcs and the such. Tolkein did it and did it well. Otherworlds – middle earths and narnias – are nothing to this world.
So, lets us the fantastic to tell the story of heart break and hope that live in the the today world.