Not quite paranormal, not quite fantasy, this genre believes that magic is a part of the every day, and that there’s more to our lives than can be explained. If you’re looking for a little mystical, a little miraculous, a little more, this is the romance for you.
My romance novella, IN HER DREAMS, is to be included in this category. The setting might be in the Regency era, but fantastical elements coax the story along. The mysterious happenings in the real world are accepted as normal by the characters. Evangeline’s dreams within IN HER DREAMS are accepted as usual to her, though she approaches the matter with wonderment and inquisitiveness. She does not seek a full explanation into the unnatural, but rather embraces the extraordinary.
Breaking the rules of the ordinary is the essence of Magic Realism Romance. Boundaries are shattered. Reality is blurred by the enchanting. Miracles are miracles, and that’s all that matters by the story’s ending.
To clarify the magic in magic realism romance, I’ve included a few quotes. And anyone who has followed my blog since its start two years ago knows I love my quotes.
“For me, magical realism allows the heroine to have revelatory insight. It underscores emotions that are already present, and her signals her transition to new directions.” – Lisa Kleypas interviewed by Eloisa James for Barnes & Noble Review
“This is what happens when a highly detailed, realistic setting is invaded by something too strange to believe.” – Professor Matthew Stretcher
“Love and magic have a great deal in common. They enrich the soul, delight the heart. And they both take practice.” – Nora Roberts
“If you can explain it, then it is not magical realism.” – Luis Leal
“The Magical Realist does not try to copy the surrounding reality or to wound it, but to seize the mystery that breathes behind things.” – Luis Leal
“Magical realism, like the uncanny, projects a mesmerizing uncertainty suggesting that ordinary life may also be the scene of the extraordinary.” – David Mikics
“The world is full of magical things, patiently waiting for our senses to grow stronger.” – W.B. Yeats.
“And above all, watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places. Those who don’t believe in magic will never find it.” – Roald Dahl
What do you think the magic in magical realism romance is? Is it going beyond the ordinary? Is it experiencing the breathtaking sketched into reality? Is it the dreamlike? The fairylike? Weigh in on the comment section! And be certain to see what other Escape authors have to say about Magic Romance Realism at the Escape Publishing Blog.