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What draws you to a specific genre?
I’m an eclectic reader, so I’ll focus on my favorite genre: Magical Realism.
Magical realism is a genre where magic elements are a natural part in an otherwise mundane, realistic environment. The term is broadly descriptive rather than critically rigorous: Professor Matthew Strecher defines magic realism as “what happens when a highly detailed, realistic setting is invaded by something too strange to believe.” (Wikipedia)
Since you don’t completely deviate from reality, the fantastical elements often sneak up on you. Talking animals, a cupcake that causes a person to speak his/her heart, two moons in the sky… you can read and read without ever feeling like you’ve left reality. I love the subtle form of escape this genre offers, although when I read descriptions of books in this genre, they always sound pretty out there – not subtle at all!
My favorite authors/books in this genre:
Haruki Murakami – The Elephant Vanishes(short stories, blends with surrealism)Aimee Bender – The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake(also blends with surrealism)Sarah Addison Allen – Garden Spells(Allen is great starting point for those new to this genre)