Imagine what Metafiction can do for your writing.
Imagine what Metafiction can do for you, the reader?
Because, Honored Reader, Honored Writer, Metafiction opens the door to reflection and gets you out of the box.
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Metafiction comes from "Meta" which means “referring to itself and the conventions of its genre”, and "Fiction" which means “creation in prose.”
1) Metafiction in literature is:
- when a character talks directly to the reader, - when the character walks out of the page to look at it or look at the author,
- when a character makes remarks on the writer's choices, or words, or tropes,
- when characters have a life of their own and defy conventions...
The summary says, "When Jane Eyre is plucked from the pages of Brontë's novel, Thursday must track down the villain and enter the novel herself to avert a heinous act of literary homicide."
"The trouble was, September didn’t know what kind of story she was in. Was it a merry one or a serious one? How ought she to act? If it were merry, she might dash after a Spoon and it would all be a marvelous adventure with funny rhymes and somersaults and a grand party with red lanterns at the end. But if it were a serious tale, she might have to do something important, something involving, with snow and arrows and enemies. But no one may know the shape of the tale in which they move… Stories have a way of changing faces. They are unruly things, undisciplined, given to delinquency and the throwing of erasers. This is why we must close them up into thick, solid books, so they cannot get out and cause trouble."
But it’s more than that just characters!
Metafiction also happens:
- when a book can be read straightforwardly or backwards,
- or normally and upside down too.
- It’s when a book pops up to tell its story,
- or the gutter tells us more about the story than the story itself.
But this is more obvious in Picture Books (see my PB tab for an article on PB Metafiction)
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