11 Great Examples of Metafiction
Breaking the fourth wall
Metafiction is a risky literary device: pretentious, self indulgent, confusing - generally a tough trick to pull off. Those few who do pull it off achieve something truly unique, something that bends genre, introduces awkward themes (of subjectivity of meaning associated with post-structuralism) and the relationship between fiction and life on the reader. I tried to do it in my novella "Moosejaw Frontier", but hell, there ain't no medals for trying in metafiction! Here's a list of those who got it bang on the money.