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metafiction

noun [U] uk   /ˈmet.əˌfɪk.ʃən/ us    /ˈmet̬-/ specialized
writing about imaginary characters and events in which the process of writing is discussed or described
metafictional
adjective uk   /ˌmet.əˈfɪk.ʃən.əl/ us    /ˌmet̬-/
The novel contains several complex metafictional elements.
Translations of “metafiction”
in Chinese (Traditional) 後設小說(虛構人物事件,強調寫作技巧)…
in Chinese (Simplified) 超小说(虚构人物事件,强调写作技巧)…
(Definition of metafiction from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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