Have you ever watched a movie or read a book that is set in a highly detailed realistic world with some strange aspects incorporated into it? If you have, you are more familiar with magical realism than you know. Elements of legends and folktales often make an appearance in a story that otherwise has a realistic tone.
Most mythological tales can be categorised as magical realism and it is one of the most popular genres of literature. The film industry and painters are also fans of this style as it gives them not only great freedom but a chance of being creative with no boundaries.
Japanese novelist Haruki Murakami is one of the most popular authors of this genre. His novels are known for effortlessly drifting in and out of alternative universes and elements of fantasy. Writers like Salman Rushdie, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Alice Hoffman, Nabarun Bhattacharya, and Elena Garro are also often associated with magical realism.