The Visionary Perspective
I suspect many of you, like me, struggle to define visionary fiction, not to mention how it differs from magical realism.
In today’s post, The Visionary Perspective, and next week’s post, Revealing the Magical, I will make an attempt to distinguish between the two genres—how they differ and where they may overlap.
An Accurate Place to Land
For me, an integration of visionary metaphysical and magical realism seems to be the most accurate place to land—a combination of the embrace of esoteric wisdom emphasizing the human transformative capacity and the hidden mystery of the magical elements breaking through into ordinary “real” life.
This type of fiction, according to Italian writer, Massimo Bontempelli, attempts to change the collective consciousness by “opening new mythical and magical perspectives on reality”.
The Unseen Within the Visible
I knew exactly what I wanted to write about for my book, The Lioness of Brumley Hall, but struggled with how to explain it and where to place it on Amazon, Goodreads and even in bricks and mortar bookstores.
I knew the book was not pure children’s literature or fantasy. My story takes place in a real world setting but with some unusual occurrences.
My main character, Gran, possesses a spiritual consciousness and attitude towards the daily world and tries her best to maintain this perspective in response to the unseen within the visible.
However, I thought it would be more interesting for children, particularly if they lived in the everyday world where magic was a part of their existence and used to achieve a deeper understanding of the transcendent.
Both visionary fiction and magical realism speak to the notion that reality is more than what is seen by what I call consensus consciousness. Continue reading “My Visionary Fiction Guest Post on Visionary Alliance Website”