Fake Geek Girls
Episode 22

Magical Realism and Life is Strange

Melissa Brinks published on

Merri and Missy are back with episode 22, on magical realism, heightened realities, and Life is Strange. As much as we yammer on about how this whole thing is a thinly veiled excuse to talk about Life is Strange, we also do discuss the perils of genre, what genre tells us (and what it doesn’t), and how genre lets us look at things from a new perspective. Also: SPOILERS. And for some reason Missy says noir comes before the 1920s. She meant that it comes after. She regrets this grievous mistake and the challenge it poses to her noir cred. 

What Missy's Been Up To:


  • A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket
  • Zodiac Starforce by Kevin Panetta and Paulina Ganucheau
  • Lair of Dreams by Libba Bray
  • The Unwritten by Mike Carey and Peter Gross


  • Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries

What Merri’s Been Up To:


  • Steven Universe


  • Life is Strange

Some Links You Might Find Interesting:

Green Eyed Monster by Carrogath (a post-adventure magical girl visual novel) 

‘Heightened Reality’: The Influence of Magic(al) Realism on Wes Anderson’s Literary Style by Thomas Storr  

Review: Life Is Strange Episode 4 — On Soap Operas, Glurge, and Unreal Stakes by Maddy Myers

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