Magic Realism and Fantasy.
Reality is a word every individual has to face and accept in their day to day life, and understanding the cause and effect relationship of life and death is complicated as it is embedded in science, religion and History. The term Reality check is what separates reality from fantasy or the virtual world as life is a constant struggle and it’s very vital for being sound enough to know when to draw the line so your survival is not in denial.
Fantasy on the other is the world of liberation where you can break free from the mundane living and there are no restriction and everything is a cakewalk and you are always happy and contend. The fantasy sphere varies with different age group, for a new born baby it will be wanting to drink milk, for a child it will be a world filled with chocolates and toys and superheroes, for a teenager it surely is love where the other gender becomes a major part of their life and impressing them, writing poetry, listening to taylor swift are all what matters. Fantasy for an adult is being popular enjoying with friends and planning long trips, stayovers and partying and the list goes on, the one thing we’ve understood from this is that fantasy is something we are born with and reality is something we are born into.
Magic is something that has triggered us since a very long time, be it the famous Harry Potter series or those fairy tales we grew up watching or got attracted to Netflix and started watching Vampire Diaries, Stranger things, Breaking Bad and Supernatural. These are escape mechanisms or more or less the train we take to go to the fantasy world where it’s all Lilli’s and Roses, Magic Realism is more or less a movement that started in most part of the world which has no time period given where witchcraft and other types of magic started flourishing an gathered attention. They vary into small communities or children who’ve been abandoned by their parents due to being something different from human beings, just like how many of our previous births have no evidence on it the same applies for magic and the only difference is Magic is alive.
There has been a widespread literature and art under both these genre and Magic Realism has seen some great authors like Haruki Murakami who believes that Magic is created from Mood and atmosphere and The House of Spirits by Isabel Allande who believed that Magic is intrinsic and these writings speak about the true and underlying aspect of Magic Realism and how important is it for oneself to understand it.
Fantasy on the other hand is our top favourites among our stress buster list where it helps us in reducing the stress level that’s seen in the world today and fantasy also recreates beliefs and stimulates our mind in opening up to new ideas and visions where it’s a paradigmatic understanding of the world. We all remember our fifteen year old self who got so moved by the idea of love and the purity of love where we had butterflies in our stomach and all of us became Shakespeare and Alfred Lord Tennyson and never gave up on the love we had and the period one fell in love it feels like the entire world stops moving and it’s just that person you see everywhere and that’s what fantasy does to you. It gives you hope and faith so strong that you don’t feel like doing anything but be consumed by it all night and day, where you lose a lot of things in the long run like Time, Education, Friends, Money and Family.
Fantasy is good only when you know you can walk out of it and feel normal again, it should never become an addiction which stops you from growing and learning better things. We all have our fantasy stories like The Twilight series, The Wizard of Oz, Narnia, Marvel Avengers Cindrella and the Oscar winner of 2018 the shape of water. Fantasy helps you with pleasure factor of your cognitive self and helps your relax as it triggers you interest and you tend to start imagining and relating it all to you.
Reality is having the heart to accept that neither is fantasy nor Magic Realism a possibility in the todays worlds for normal human beings and thus we have to go through heartbreaks, deaths, pain, grief, sorrow and turmoil. We must render ourselves into earnestly fighting through every difficulty life puts us through as we are the survivors of the fittest and finest diamonds among the coal.