Magical Realism: how it differs from fantasy
Some readers have heard of magical realism, and most have heard of the fantasy genre. Fantasy genre normally includes both a great deal of openly practiced magic, but also species of humanoids that are generally not known to really exist. In most fantasy genre novels, religious magic, or the supernatural effects of Jesus, are not involved in the plots or characters.
There are fantasy novels that are set on Earth, but a large portion of them are set on worlds invented by the authors.
Magical realism is in stories set here on Earth, and is intended to display more of how the magical arts, and religious miracles occur in a realistic manner. This realism does imply an intimacy with the real world or a reality that does have religious miracles, and various types of magic and witchcraft.
Magical Realism in The Double Life of Tutweiler Buckhead
In the magical realism novel The Double Life of Tutweiler Buckheadthere is both religious magic and occultism. The religious magic is Christian; God works through a young Father throughout the novel. Standing in marked contrast to the kind of magic that manifests through him, is the mysterious behavior and sometimes rites of the 2 of the other characters in the novel.
Compared to the way that magic shows up in fantasy novels, readers may say “there is hardly any magic in this story.” In fact, that is one of the major points in a one of the published book reviews about this novel.
As both an author and an avid reader I realize that people are not always looking for the same thing. This novel may best suit readers who normally prefer no magic in their fiction novels, or who are skeptical of whether or not any novel with magic in it could ever work for them.
Aside from that, I believe that fans of the magical realism genre would really appreciate this novel and how magic is used in it.