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Best Psychological, Magical Realism Fiction

Novels/manga that have a character or character(s) struggling with emotional disturbances either tied to traumatic events or not. Magic or magical realism is used as a metaphor for the character's emotional disturbances or is simply a focus of the novel.
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3.91 avg rating — 54,813 ratings
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3.88 avg rating — 29,768 ratings
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4.12 avg rating — 8 ratings
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4.05 avg rating — 1,146 ratings
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4.04 avg rating — 85 ratings
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3.99 avg rating — 2,411 ratings
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3.73 avg rating — 468 ratings
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3.92 avg rating — 294,795 ratings
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3.52 avg rating — 4,238 ratings
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3.77 avg rating — 315,935 ratings
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3.76 avg rating — 463,440 ratings
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really liked it 4.00 avg rating — 864,585 ratings
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3.45 avg rating — 2,445 ratings
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3.54 avg rating — 1,381 ratings
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3.48 avg rating — 155 ratings
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3.40 avg rating — 42 ratings
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3.64 avg rating — 14 ratings
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4.21 avg rating — 6,715 ratings
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4.58 avg rating — 19 ratings
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4.25 avg rating — 752,685 ratings
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4.34 avg rating — 241,665 ratings
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3.67 avg rating — 126 ratings
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3.38 avg rating — 40 ratings
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3.45 avg rating — 183 ratings
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3.73 avg rating — 11,557 ratings
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4.10 avg rating — 859,765 ratings
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3.54 avg rating — 68 ratings
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3.63 avg rating — 271 ratings
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84 books · 88 voters · list created July 22nd, 2011 by Meena (votes) .
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message 1: by Mike (new)

Mike A lot of these are not what I would call magical realism. The Stranger is completely realistic fiction, no supernatural elements at all. And books like Death Note, Animal Farm, Battle Royale, or Alice in Wonderland have too many supernatural elements to be considered realism. Does anybody else feel this way? I don't want to remove any books without being sure.


message 2: by BookLovingLady (last edited Jan 21, 2017 12:57AM) (new)

BookLovingLady I agree with Alice's Adventures in Wonderland & Through the Looking-Glass (#3), Animal Farm (#13) and The Stranger (#18), as I have read them and wouldn't call them magical realism. But the title of the Listopia is " Best Psychological, Magical Realism Fiction" and I guess people can put lots of books on this list if they consider them either psychological or magic(al) realism and I guess the description ("Novels/manga that have a character or character(s) struggling with emotional disturbances either tied to traumatic events or not. Magic or magical realism is used as a metaphor for the character's emotional disturbances or is simply a focus of the novel") enhances this.

I've only voted for one book myself (and added a few others), even though there were several titles on this list I've read but which I personally would never have added as I have a different perception of the term 'magic realism', but that's just me :-)


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