Metafictionals Book 1 FINALLY Released!

I’m excited to finally officially announce the release of The Beast of Yonder, book 1 of The Beast of Yonder Web Largethe Metafictionals series. While many of you may not have heard much about this book coming, I’m super excited, because I’ve been working on this series for several years. The second book is nearly ready for release, book three is completed in first draft form, awaiting revision, and book four is 3/4 written.

I’ve been delaying too long, and it’s time to get this show on the road! I’m releasing the ebook version first, so if in the process of reading it, you find errors, let me know, so I can fix them in preparation for the print copy. The print version is mostly ready, I’m just adjusting the text on the back of the book. The speed of it’s availability will be based partly on how much time I get to work on it, and partly on the demand for it.

I hope you’ll do my a monstrous favor and help me get the word out about this book. I’m not as pushy as I should be with these kinds of things, so your help would be phenomenal.

I’ve always loved the Chronicles of Narnia, particularly because of their Christian allegorical elements, and my major focus in this series was to follow Lewis’s tradition, with fun adventures, quirky characters, and deep spiritual symbolism. That said, this series (particularly volume 1) is also inspired by the funky traditional legends my family conjured while I was a kid. I tweaked them, of course, but had so much fun doing it. And just for fun, I’ve included some easter-egg-style stuff throughout the book for anyone interested in delving deeper into the story/characters.

I would love to get your feedback! Contact me with any questions, concerns, ideas, or anything, at chas@willowrise.com


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Metafiction

Google Definition:

  1. Fiction in which the author self-consciously alludes to the artificiality or literariness of a work by parodying or departing from novelistic conventions (especially naturalism) and traditional narrative techniques.

Door Decoration AnimationThough there are several different definitions for the word metafiction, the basic idea is fiction that draws attention to itself, or a story that draws attention to the story. Some of the more blatant uses of metafiction might include, The Neverending Story, Inkheart, and A Series of Unfortunate Events. I listed them in that order, because I think The Neverending Story uses it the most, but the other two are good examples, too.

Other stories that use it less dramatically might include, The Muppets (how many times do they make reference to the movie you’re watching? Yeah, that’s what I’m talking about), The Books of Elsewhere, The Princess Bride, and The Truman Show. There are hundreds, possibly thousands of other examples. 
 

Metafiction usually breaks the fourth wall. Picture a stage with four walls. The play takes place in that arena, oblivious to the fact that it’s being watched. But if you break the fourth wall, so that the characters can see the audience gawking at it, suddenly the story and its characters have the capacity to interact with the audience. When it does so, that’s another major form of metafiction. 
 

I hope my Metafictionals series approaches the subject in an entirely new way. The sad part is, it will be a few books into the series before the full metafictional experience is available. But believe me, it’s going to be a little different than stuff you’ve seen before. In the mean time, keep your eyes open. There are some cool things already underway.


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