This is a continuation of the Science Fiction / Fantasy Genre Glossary Project posts. For the complete genre index click here.
What is magical realism?
A genre where magical/supernatural elements are blended seamlessly with the reality of our world. These magical events may are unexplained and are treated as mundane occurrences. Magical realism is not escapist, but shows the world from the eyes of characters whose perception of reality may differ from the norm.
Magical realism has its roots in the literature of Latin America, but has lately become a term used in English-language literature. The definition is often disputed. See the further discussion links below for information on the history and controversies surrounding magical realism.
"[Magic realism] is like a polite way of saying you write fantasy." Terry Prachett
Do you have a different definition?