Hyperrealism and Literature

Literary hyperrealism is not as common as the visual arts, but a movement, nonetheless. In literature, hyperrealism is actually very similar to the visual arts. There is a great amount of detail — vivid descriptions. Literary hyperrealism lacks opinion and biased description. It tells how things are happening through the course of the work, rather than how the characters or author see things.

One example of hyperrealistic literature is Canadian best-seller Alligator by Lisa Moore. Below is an excerpt, as quoted by Maria Jesus Hernaex Lerna:

The balloon looks like a hole burned through the sky. There’s no wind, but the balloon jerks when the little girl shifts her weight. It jerks to the side and bobs and then settles, becomes still. There isn’t a cloud. The little girl’s blond hair is spread over her shoulders and bits of sunlight come through it and some of her hair is full of static and it stands up and the sun makes it buzz with light.

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