Charles DeLint (OT)

Dorian E. Gray israfel at eircom.net
Wed Apr 4 16:23:04 EDT 2001


Nat said...
>
> How about Diane Duane's books. The alternate NYC in SO YOU WANT TO BE
> A WIZARD is one of my favorite nightmare landscapes.

Ooh, yes, that's lovely!
>
> When I was in grade school, I wanted a term to describe stories where
> everyday people from our world fall down the rabbit hole, have
> strangers hand them Symbols, or otherwise find them working in an
> extraordinary world, either a different world or a hidden one under
> our own. I never found a really satisfactory term, but "real-life
> fantasy" was my own shorthand for Penelope Farmer, Jones, Mahy, etc.
> In asking around if others had a term for this slice of the fantasy
> world, "urban fantasy" was one of the options that came up, along
> with "contemporary fantasy." Neither really satisfies me, because for
> me the thing I love is when the ordinary bumps into the extraordinary.
>
> Anyone else have a term for this kind of story?
>
I've heard it described as "magic realism".  But then I've heard "magic
realism" defined differently, as well, so who knows?

Until the sky falls on our heads...

Dorian.
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