Metafiction, also known as romantic irony in the context of Romantic works of literature, uses self-reference to draw attention to itself as a work of art, while exposing the “truth” of a story. “Metafiction” is the literary term describing fictional writing that self-consciously and systematically draws attention to its status as an artifact in posing questions about the relationship between fiction and reality, usually using irony and self-reflection. It can be compared to presentational theatre, which does not let the audience forget it is viewing a play; metafiction does not let the reader forget he or she is viewing a fictional work.
Our eighteenth episode saw Robbie Thompson (writer) and Thomas Wright (director) reunited in what can only be described as the most meta episode of anything I’ve ever seen (okay… maybe Spaceballs still has this beat). This episode dealt with several aspects within the metafiction genre:
- A story about a writer creating a story (Metatron writing Supernatural fanfic)
- A story about a reader reading a book (or in this case, Cas listening to Metatron tell a story)
- A story that features itself (as a narrative or as a physical object) as its own prop (the Supernatural books which are based on “real life” Dean and Sam within the show)
- A story containing another work of fiction within itself (see every pop culture reference Supernatural uses)
- A story addressing the specific conventions of story, such as title, character conventions, paragraphing or plots (Thompson uses retcon and talks about continuity errors)
- A novel where the narrator intentionally exposes him or herself as the author of the story (see our opening teaser)
- A story in which the characters are aware that they are in a story (I’m just gonna laugh at this one)
As we can see, Robbie Thompson has single-handedly incorporated nearly every derivative of metafiction (note: this is not the same as “meta” that a fandom writes) in his episode of the same title in a clear nod to the fans that tear Supernatural apart. Never before has an episode demanded me to review it… So let me begin.
cas randomly taking photos of things and sending them to dean.
dean, I thought these flowers were nice.
dean look at this bird.
dean, I stepped in something quite unsavory. I was told I should also use lol.
dean. here’s a picture of my hand.
and dean just rolling his eyes but he thinks it’s so cute that cas sends him these things. so he saves them all in a special album on his phone and sometimes when he’s sad or lonely or frustrated he’ll just flip through them and he’ll smile.
until one day cas sends him a picture of something that looks very much a dick.
and dean texts him back….confused, like, cas, was that an accident.
and cas just texts him back and says: LOL, no.
Seeing myself this way
I am a monster i believe
And seeing is believing
Is there no doubt left
I can’t focus at all right now and of course when I randomly sketch, it’s some form of Cas and Dean. If you click on them you’ll see a little more detail.
You can’t even imagine how much I think about Cas’ wings.
aauahgh I’m stuck at one scene for every single story I’m working on.
[rips hair out in frustration]
why can’t creative processes be more consistent bleh
[draws silly doodle of one of the scenes from DCBB instead of actually working on said DCBB]
I AM FAIRY FAIRY. ARE YOU SERIOUS?
I am Skarmory
Flying/Ice, HP and Sp. Def.
Fairy and steel cool beans
Made this in an exercise of ‘Actually start something and then finish it, God dammit’.
reblogging for the 15 people who followed me based solely on this
LOOK GUYS HER COMIC HAS 1000+ NOTES :D ITS SO GOOD.
The reason I love Destiel is simple
there was an angel who took the shards of a broken man and pieced him back together
and in doing so broke himself