In the world of make believe anything goes, right?
Except, maybe it doesn’t.
Even in make believe we, or perhaps just I, am only willing to suspend so much reality. Of course you can have magic, but it must have rules. Yes, butterflies can fly in snow, but they better still have six legs because they are still insects. And, as per a recent conversation on the book we are working on now, yes, you can have a snowman ride in a bike basket driven by a bee through the autumn woods without him melting… but that bee better be able to reach the pedals. Otherwise it’s just ridiculous.
Tooks (my illustrator), thinks perhaps I’m crazy (in a laughing, loving way.) She’s probably right – but I still think that there is a line to walk. If you are going to create a world with magic, it should have rules and magical realism needs to preserve a sense of “realism” or it devolves into utter nonsensical silliness. On the flip side you have to have some goofy silliness to make the magic work. Like I said, walking the line, though I’m willing to concede that my “line” is crooked and random as we create another book of “what if’s” and magic and we decide what is fun and what doesn’t make sense!
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Rules in magic? Hmmm. The rulebook would be idiosyncratic, and the panel of experts interpreting the rules would be the Marx Brothers on acid.
Well, yes. But they would still exist. 😉
Magic runs on rules, just like science does. The trick is to be consistent, both with the ones that can’t be broken, and the one’s that can. 🙂
Right. I cheated and brought my kids in to the discussion. Middle child thinks the bee should be able to reach the pedals too. Nobody minds the snowman doesn’t melt… who knows what will end up in the book! 😀