Stumbled upon this neat little interview between two of my favorite film-makers, Joel and Ethan Coen, and my favorite writer, Cormac McCarthy. No idea McCarthy isn’t a fan of magical realism because “it’s hard enough to get people to believe what you’re telling them without making it impossible”.
I’m not sure he’s getting the point – at least as I understand it – of magical realism. For me, magical realism (and a lot of spec fic in general) has always been about acknowledging the reality of the unexplained. It creeps into so much (read: everything) of what I write because I feel like I’ve felt angker, or creeped out, by things that I can’t explain – especially when I lived in Indonesia. Which is why I prefer the term speculative to fantasy – fantasy implies that it’s not real.
Still, it’s a cute little interview.