My Fight with Magical Realism

Anupama Denise

Anupama Denise

A human who believes in humanity and happiness.

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.

– Bestie

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?

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