Metafiction - What does it mean?
The prefix "meta" means something about something. In this case 'about' fiction. It does more though: it goes beyond the realm of fancies and fiction. In the classic days of Aristotle it was thought that meta should come after or later. I.E. First teaching physics and then moving on to metaphysics. Now that seems logical to me...
Metafiction is fiction about fiction. It calls attention to its own devices and makes no attempt to be realistic. It is a writing style used to reflect the self conscious use of language. It's storytelling that talks about itself in strange ways.
If an author or narrator of the work decides to jump around and dance in the story, that would be metafiction.
If a book acknowledges itself as a book, that too, is metafiction.
It reflects on the psychology of reading and talks about us and about self reflexivity.
Metafiction helps people to look at fiction and ask questions about our own interpretations of how we feel about an it.
Metafiction uses surreal and unrealistic devices to question the reader.
Metafiction 'talk's to the 'you' in all of us. Possibly even questioning things that we don't even know exist.
Do you think there are terms such as metamusic or metapainting? Or is this only a concept possible in writing only?