My Fight with Magical Realism
I texted my bestie last week. She has a degree in English. (She would argue she has half an English degree because it's an English Education degree…) but toe-MAY-toe, toe-MAH-toe.
I asked, “Is it okay to dislike an entire genre? And does disliking magical realism make me an ethnocentrist? Or have I only read Latin-American magical realism so I have a skewed perspective?”
— yeah, we casually text like this, it's cool. —
Without giving away our entire back and forth, she essentially said, “It's okay to dislike an entire genre, but maybe give a couple more books a try.” (My favorite verbatim was, “I'd caution you from using blanket statements until you've done more research.” WOOF.)
I'd caution you from using blanket statements until you've done more research.
So here's what I've read:
- 100 Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez (2/5 stars)
- The Murmur of the Bees by Sofia Segovia (2/5 stars)
- Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez (2/5 stars)
I had a lot of issues finishing these novels (out of pure boredom, honestly)
Long story short, Bestie encouraged me to check out Beloved by Toni Morrison. So I checked it out. Literally. From the library. #heregoesnothing
Do you love magical realism? What about it do you enjoy?