Thursday, November 19, 2020

9 Stories, And A Growing Love For Metafiction

Over the many years, there are some books whose style and narrative that I loved more than others. And, over the years, I found out that there was a pattern. I loved those books that weaved a fiction about a fiction, taking us to the edge of tricky complexity in the criss-cross storytelling that meandered between the fiction of the book, and the fiction about the fiction that the book was dealing with. This genre is called metafiction. Confused? Here's how David Foster put it that pretty much sums it up:

“If Realism called it like it saw it, Metafiction simply called it as it saw itself seeing itself see it.”

I could identify seven novels, one short story by Tolkien, and one Shakespearean play across all the books that I have read which had a starkly attractive and captivating metafictional narrative. I think, it is after reading these books, and noticing a pattern, that I started falling absolutely in love with the metafictional narrative of stories.

1. Sophie's World by Jostein Gaarder

2. Hamlet by William Shakespeare

3. Don Quixote by Miguel de Crevantes

4. The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Doughlas Adams

5. The Mezzanine by Nicholson Baker

6. The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer

7. Murder at the ABA by Isaac Asimov

8. Leaf by Niggle by J. R. R. Tolkien

9. The Inkheart Trilogy by Cornelia Funke

Does this narrative captivate you as much as it captivates me? Do you have a favourite novel narrated as a metafiction? Let me know in the comments below!

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