Well, I couldn’t find any cool art that I could use without breaking several copyright laws, so instead I’m giving you this festival of metafiction-related links for your further reading enjoyment. =D
First off, I kind of lied about the top 7 websites about metafiction, because the first two I find to be more hilarious than anything else.
- How to Understand Metafiction (via eHow.com): “Signs that you’re reading metafiction include: experiments with fonts/typography, footnotes, the author talking to the reader …” Of course it’s technically correct, but it’s like “signs your friend has alcohol poisoning” or “signs your wife is cheating on you.”
- How to Write Metafiction (via eHow.com): “Difficulty: Moderately challenging” Again, nothing in this article is wrong, but the fact that the author has attempted to distill the entire writing process into 7 “moderately challenging” steps amuses me to no end. Also, “Read some examples of metafiction for ideas” is pretty much a cop out as step 1. Just sayin’.
Okay, now for the “serious” links. I am actually planning responses to some of these articles, or at least further thought.
- Ten Theses on the Nature of Metafiction: The first and fourth theses are my favorites.
- Metafiction and the Fourth Wall: Good look at metafiction in TV. “As I wrap up this article, it occurs to me that maybe I am not writing this at all. Perhaps you, the reader, have dreamed me up, and my existence will click-flicker fade away when you log off your PC.”
- Metafictional Studies: This blog hasn’t been updated since 2006 and wasn’t updated for very long, but there’s some interesting stuff there.
- Archetypal Metafiction: If there’s something I can’t resist, it’s metafiction. If there’s something else I can’t resist, it’s archetypes.
- List of metafictional works (via Wikipedia): I have no idea whether or not this covers everything, but I’m guessing not. Let me know if you see something missing.
Do you have any favorite articles or websites that I missed?