What the metafiction?

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Have you ever wondered what metafiction is? Have you even ever heard of it? The definition of metafiction is fiction in which the author self-consciously alludes to the artificiality or literariness of a work by parodying or departing from novelistic conventions (especially naturalism) and traditional narrative techniques. In other words, its when the character knows they are a character. Metafiction is fiction about fiction. It is a novel or short story (or film or play) in which the author knowingly draws attention to the fact that it is being made up.

This is an interesting concept among our many other genres, if you are intrigued…we have many great books to choose from. Although, they are throughout all our sections, I am going to present a few of our J Fiction titles for your reviewing pleasure.

Inkheart by Cornelia Funke


Twelve-year-old Meggie learns that her father, who repairs and binds books for a living, can “read” fictional characters to life when one of those characters abducts them and tries to force him into service.

The bad beginning by Lemony Snicket

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After the sudden death of their parents, the three Baudelaire children must depend on each other and their wits when it turns out that the distant relative who is appointed their guardian is determined to use any means necessary to get their fortune.

A tale dark & Grimm by Adam Gidwitz


Follow Hansel and Gretel as they walk out of their own story and into eight more tales, encountering such wicked creatures as witches, along with kindly strangers and other helpful folk. Based in part on the Grimms’ fairy tales Faithful Johannes, Hansel and Gretel, The seven ravens, Brother and sister, The robber bridegroom, and The devil and his three golden hairs.


These are only a few of the many that we have. See if you can figure out which of your favorite books might be metafiction. Happy reading!