Saturday, June 12, 2010
Genre - Magical Realism
My husband and I looked at each other with raised eyebrows. What fourteen year old uses the word “genre” in a text to a friend? I’m not sure I’d even heard the word until I was a librarian. Readers today are much more aware of the genres of books they read. They are much more likely to stick with one genre and not read others. Go into most modern bookstores and you’ll find the books organized, not by author, size, or color, but by genre.
Isabel Allende, Laura Esquivel, Toni Morrison, and Salman Rushdie also write in the genre. All these authors’ works draw on native folklore, political unrest, and supernatural occurrences but are placed all over the world.
If you choose to write in this genre, you will be joining an auspicious group of authors. Give it a go!