Culture concept

Fiction about fiction or fiction in fiction. Usually when a story is presented within a story in more tangible way.


Alternate names: Metastory, Story within story, Fiction within fiction

The first video game about Metafiction was released on September 24, 1993.

Paradox Interactive, Ubisoft and Behold Studios has published most of these games

See also: frame story
At its core, metafiction means "fiction about fiction", so any fictional work about fictional work within the setting qualifies, but note that the fiction within the fiction needs to be seen as fiction within it as well. So fiction about Book of Thumbs is not metafiction if that book is non-fiction within the setting.

This is not about short pieces of fiction found in the world that make them appear more real, but rather when the game/story is about that fiction within fiction. Frame story or any other framing device does not automatically make things metafiction either.

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