Monday, March 10, 2014
Metafiction as a genre
I recently read "S" by J.J. Abrams (who wrote Lost, Alias, Mission Impossible 3, and so on...) which breaks all the rules of conventional fiction books. There is writing in the margins, multiple story lines, hidden codes, and layers upon layers. It asks a lot from the reader. It is considered a metafiction, a new genre that is hitting the literary and children's book world.
If you can't figure out how to read "S," then go to this blog which gives an overview. It was really helpful to me as I learned how to go about reading it.
It's really fun to talk to others about how they chose to read the book. It reminded me of the "Choose Your Own Adventure" books where the reader could experience a different story than another reader with the same book. Keep your eyes on this genre...it's up and coming!
There's also a website at http://whoisstraka.wordpress.com/ that breaks down all the conspiracy theories within the book. I missed half of them (like the one about the monkeys) so check it out after you get started.