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Fiction that deals, often playfully and self-referentially, with the writing of fiction or its conventions.

met′a·fic′tion·al adj.
met′a·fic′tion·ist n.
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(Literary & Literary Critical Terms) fiction that acknowledges that it is fictional or artificial
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(ˈmɛt əˌfɪk ʃən)
fiction that discusses, describes, or analyzes a work of fiction or the conventions of fiction.
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Escape and Consolation: Narrative Voice and Metafiction in the Harry Potter Series
All this can make "Transit" a bit confusing, in addition to lending it the patina of metafiction.
Birdman also offers a great opportunity to explore the concept of metafiction; as Keaton has stated in an interview about the film, 'The characters and film have so many levels; then the levels have levels.' (2)
The Return of the Historical Novel?: Thinking About Fiction and History After Historiographic Metafiction
The strip features various elements with origins in surrealist techniques, fanzines, collage, cut-up technique, stream of consciousness, and metafiction, with very little regard or interest for conventional plot or committed narrative.
This innovative metafiction explores the creative and romantic lives of Sigrid (literature student and aspiring writer in Bergen), Linnea (would-be film director in Copenhagen), and Trine (performance artist in Oslo).
"In exploring the creation of art and its purpose, and the authorial risks of cultural appropriation, Halliday has produced a skillfully executed, layered work--a novel about writers engaged in, and contemplative about, the act of writing--without the self-consciousness and overt intention that burdens so much metafiction. And while Asymmetry impresses at the structural level, it is above all Halliday's superb storytelling that
Metafiction describes, according to Patricia Waugh, "fictional writing which self-consciously and systematically draws attention to its status as artefact in order to pose questions about the relationship between fiction and reality" (2).
While his debut, a metafiction set in Nazi Germany, narrates the assassination of the Nazi general Reinhard Heydrich in 1942 by two Czech resistance fighters, his follow-up work is a spoof thriller centred on the death of the famous linguist Roland Barthes.
I have confined this essay to the meaning and purpose of metafiction in Niebla and Los invisibles.
With a bizarre plot, metafiction that breaks the fourth wall, and lots of visual candy, Tom Pappalardo's Broken Lines is entertainingly unique.
After reading this one, check out Rowell's metafiction Carry On, which continues the oh-so-angsty tales of Simon Snow.