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3rd Sep '17 1:17:14 AM SeptimusHeap
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* Elizabeth Peters' ''AmeliaPeabody'' novels are framed as being excerpts from the rather extensive and detailed journals Mrs. Emerson kept over many decades, starting approximately with her initial trip to Egypt in the 1880s, during which she met the man who would become her husband. Later volumes also include excerpts from "Manuscript H", written by Amelia's son Ramses. Elizabeth Peters takes on the role of the editor of these journals in the author's notes, which allows some extensive LampshadeHanging : she often expresses exasperation at the inconsistencies and inaccuracies in the text, such as the signs that the journals were rewritten many years later with an eye towards publication ("Little did I know..."), and Amelia's tendency to put her own opinions in the mouths of her famous contemporaries.

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* Elizabeth Peters' ''AmeliaPeabody'' ''Literature/AmeliaPeabody'' novels are framed as being excerpts from the rather extensive and detailed journals Mrs. Emerson kept over many decades, starting approximately with her initial trip to Egypt in the 1880s, during which she met the man who would become her husband. Later volumes also include excerpts from "Manuscript H", written by Amelia's son Ramses. Elizabeth Peters takes on the role of the editor of these journals in the author's notes, which allows some extensive LampshadeHanging : she often expresses exasperation at the inconsistencies and inaccuracies in the text, such as the signs that the journals were rewritten many years later with an eye towards publication ("Little did I know..."), and Amelia's tendency to put her own opinions in the mouths of her famous contemporaries.
27th Aug '17 8:09:16 PM PaulA
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* ''Literature/JamesAndTheGiantPeach'' doesn't seem like it follows this trope at first, [[spoiler: until it invokes it in the very last line in the book. We are told that James lived a happy life and grew up to become an author, and his most famous book was the true account of his adventures on the giant peach. "And that," the story concludes, "is the book you have just finished reading."]]. Another Roald Dahl book, ''Literature/TheBFG'', also doesn't seem like it follows this trope at first, [[spoiler: until the end, where it's revealed that the BFG himself wrote the book about his and Sophie's adventures and published it under a pseudonym. The story concludes: "But where, you might ask, is this book that the BFG wrote? It's right here. You've just finished reading it."]]

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''Literature/JamesAndTheGiantPeach'' doesn't seem like it follows this trope at first, [[spoiler: until [[spoiler:until it invokes it in the very last line in the book. We are told that James lived a happy life and grew up to become an author, and his most famous book was the true account of his adventures on the giant peach. "And that," the story concludes, "is the book you have just finished reading."]]. Another Roald Dahl book, ''Literature/TheBFG'', "]].
** ''Literature/TheBFG''
also doesn't seem like it follows this trope at first, [[spoiler: until [[spoiler:until the end, where it's revealed that the BFG himself wrote the book about his and Sophie's adventures and published it under a pseudonym. The story concludes: "But where, you might ask, is this book that the BFG wrote? It's right here. You've just finished reading it."]]
11th Aug '17 10:50:04 AM PaulA
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** Burroughs also used this trope in several minor works, and he was not the only one to be very fond of it; it was a standard framing device in pulp literature.
11th Aug '17 9:17:01 AM Conradus
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** Burroughs also used this trope in several minor works, and he was not the only one to be very fond of it; it was a standard framing device in pulp literature.
20th Jul '17 6:24:58 AM LadyNorbert
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* [[Franchise/DragonAge Varric Tethras]] is credited as the editor of ''[[Fanfic/TwiceUponAnAge All This Sh*t is Twice as Weird]]'', helping "@/LadyNorbert, Chantry scholar" take the official records about the Second Inquisition and turn them into a story. He peppers the manuscript with [[NoteFromEd editor's notes]] to comment on the action, criticize the author's choice of phrase, or explain things to the readers.

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* [[Franchise/DragonAge Varric Tethras]] is credited as the editor of ''[[Fanfic/TwiceUponAnAge All This Sh*t is Twice as Weird]]'', the ''Fanfic/TwiceUponAnAge'' series, helping "@/LadyNorbert, Chantry scholar" take the official records about the [[VideoGame/DragonAgeInquisition Second Inquisition Inquisition]] and turn them into a story. He peppers the manuscript with [[NoteFromEd editor's notes]] to comment on the action, criticize the author's choice of phrase, or explain things to the readers.



* CultClassic ''Jake Speed'' is built around the notion that pulp novel heros like [[Literature/TheExecutioner Mack Bolan]], Franchise/DocSavage, [[Literature/TheDestroyer Remo Williams]], and the eponymous Jake Speed are all real; it's the ''authors'' that are fictional. (They use the proceeds from the novels to fund their adventures.) The hero even has a ghostwriter for a sidekick.

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* CultClassic ''Jake Speed'' is built around the notion that pulp novel heros heroes like [[Literature/TheExecutioner Mack Bolan]], Franchise/DocSavage, [[Literature/TheDestroyer Remo Williams]], and the eponymous Jake Speed are all real; it's the ''authors'' that are fictional. (They use the proceeds from the novels to fund their adventures.) The hero even has a ghostwriter for a sidekick.



* This is the framing evice of ''Literature/ThePledge'', when the author attends a literature conference and stumbles across the protagonist's former senior Detective, who leads him to the protagonist himself (at that point of time an elderly, demented filling station attendant), and only then reveals to him who the protagonist was and why he ended up that way, thus setting the actual story in motion.

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* This is the framing evice device of ''Literature/ThePledge'', when the author attends a literature conference and stumbles across the protagonist's former senior Detective, who leads him to the protagonist himself (at that point of time an elderly, demented filling station attendant), and only then reveals to him who the protagonist was and why he ended up that way, thus setting the actual story in motion.



* In ''Literature/ChroniclesOfNarnia'' it is a little-known piece of canon that Creator/CSLewis is recounting the tales as told to him by an unknown individual or individuals, likely one or more of the Pevensie children. This is made explicit in ''Literature/TheVoyageOfTheDawnTreader'': "Lucy could only say, 'It would break your heart.' 'Why,' said I, 'was it so sad?' 'Sad!! No,' said Lucy." However, how he could have been told of the events of ''Literature/TheLastBattle'', [[spoiler:since most of the series' human protagonists had, unbeknownst to them, died in a train wreck and gone to Aslan's country]], is unknown but could be explained by him being an UndeadAuthor, though given the Wood Between the Worlds from ''Literature/TheMagiciansNephew'' just about anything is possible. This trope is the reason why the narrator of the books often confesses ignorance as to things that the children themselves do not know. One reason he does this is that The Lion the Witch and The Wardrobe came about when three children, Margaret, Mary and Katherine, were evacuated from London and sent to live with him during the war (yes, [[AuthorAvatar the professor is Lewis]]). The four children of the book [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Chronicles_of_Narnia#Background_and_conception are inspired by them]].

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* In ''Literature/ChroniclesOfNarnia'' ''Literature/ChroniclesOfNarnia,'' it is a little-known piece of canon that Creator/CSLewis is recounting the tales as told to him by an unknown individual or individuals, likely one or more of the Pevensie children. This is made explicit in ''Literature/TheVoyageOfTheDawnTreader'': "Lucy could only say, 'It would break your heart.' 'Why,' said I, 'was it so sad?' 'Sad!! No,' said Lucy." However, how he could have been told of the events of ''Literature/TheLastBattle'', [[spoiler:since most of the series' human protagonists had, unbeknownst to them, died in a train wreck and gone to Aslan's country]], is unknown but could be explained by him being an UndeadAuthor, though given the Wood Between the Worlds from ''Literature/TheMagiciansNephew'' just about anything is possible. This trope is the reason why the narrator of the books often confesses ignorance as to things that the children themselves do not know. One reason he does this is that The ''The Lion the Witch and The Wardrobe Wardrobe'' came about when three children, Margaret, Mary and Katherine, were evacuated from London and sent to live with him during the war (yes, [[AuthorAvatar the professor is Lewis]]). The four children of the book [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Chronicles_of_Narnia#Background_and_conception are inspired by them]].



* Creator/LFrankBaum styled himself the "Royal Historian of Oz", all the stories came from Dorothy telling them to him (eventually through a magic wireless after Dorothy moved to Oz permanently). He also made an attempt to use this trope to ''end'' the [[Literature/LandOfOz Oz series]] at one point, claiming a spell of Glinda's to detach Oz completely from the outside world meant he was no longer in contact with Dorothy. It didn't stick any better than Literature/SherlockHolmes' trip over Reichenbach Falls, of course.
* ''Literature/TheSagaOfDarrenShan'': it is canon in Creator/DarrenShan's books that he assembled his stories from [[spoiler:diaries sent to him by his younger alternate self in an aborted timeline where]] he became a vampire. It [[MakesSenseInContext makes more sense in context]]....kinda. Esentially, [[spoiler:Darren altered the timeline so the events of the series didn't happen, thus resetting himself to how he was at the beginning of the first book. Somehow his diaries chronicling the series survived and were sent to the new Darren, who is an author...]] Thus the books actually happened. [[spoiler:In another timestream]].

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* Creator/LFrankBaum styled himself the "Royal Historian of Oz", all the stories came from Dorothy telling them to him (eventually through a magic wireless after Dorothy moved to Oz permanently). He also made an attempt to use this trope to ''end'' the [[Literature/LandOfOz Oz series]] at one point, claiming a spell of Glinda's to detach Oz completely from the outside world meant he was no longer in contact with Dorothy. It didn't stick any better than Literature/SherlockHolmes' trip sending Literature/SherlockHolmes over Reichenbach Falls, of course.
* ''Literature/TheSagaOfDarrenShan'': it is canon in Creator/DarrenShan's books that he assembled his stories from [[spoiler:diaries sent to him by his younger alternate self in an aborted timeline where]] he became a vampire. It [[MakesSenseInContext makes more sense in context]]....context]]... kinda. Esentially, Essentially, [[spoiler:Darren altered the timeline so the events of the series didn't happen, thus resetting himself to how he was at the beginning of the first book. Somehow his diaries chronicling the series survived and were sent to the new Darren, who is an author...]] Thus the books actually happened. [[spoiler:In another timestream]].



* In some episodes of ''Series/HerculesTheLegendaryJourneys'', an immortal Hercules is shown adopting the identity of an actor named Kevin Sorbo and playing himself in the show. In a rare counter-example, Ares attempted to get the show cancelled.
** In the same universe, ''Series/XenaWarriorPrincess'' is based on "The Xena Scrolls", as written by Gabrielle, and later found by an archaeological team in the 1930s who all happened to be [[IdenticalGrandson Identical Grandchildren]] of the main cast. Joxer's counterpart left them to his equally IdenticalGrandson Ted Raimi, and the rest is history (well, it's as much history as ''anything'' in Xena is).
** The episode with Hercules pretending to be his own actor also reveals that the show's creators have taken some liberties with retelling the myth. Apparently, killing off Iolaus (the original one) did not happen as Hercules remembers it. According to him, Iolaus lived to be an old man. And that Hercules had to correct them...quite a bit.

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* In some episodes of ''Series/HerculesTheLegendaryJourneys'', an immortal Hercules is shown adopting the identity of an actor named Kevin Sorbo and playing himself in the show. In a rare counter-example, Ares attempted attempts to get the show cancelled.
** In the same universe, ''Series/XenaWarriorPrincess'' is based on "The Xena Scrolls", Scrolls," as written by Gabrielle, and later found by an archaeological team in the 1930s who all happened to be [[IdenticalGrandson Identical Grandchildren]] of the main cast. Joxer's counterpart left them to his equally IdenticalGrandson Ted Raimi, and the rest is history (well, it's as much history as ''anything'' in Xena is).
** The episode with Hercules pretending to be his own actor also reveals that the show's creators have taken some liberties with retelling the myth. Apparently, killing off Iolaus (the original one) did not happen as Hercules remembers it. According to him, Iolaus lived to be an old man. And that Hercules had to correct them...them... quite a bit.
18th Jul '17 7:17:07 PM Sharlee
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* Creator/ChinaMieville's "Reports of Certain Events in London" is an account of a secret society which investigates migratory streets that appear and disappear from cities, derived from a package of documents delivered to him in error.
* Decades earlier, Creator/AlanDeanFoster wrote a joke letter to an Arkham House publisher, ostensibly seeking advice on how to deal with some CosmicHorror-related documents that'd come into his possession by chance. The publisher took it for a submission, and after revision it became "Some Notes Concerning A Green Box", Foster's first published work.
13th May '17 12:39:04 PM nombretomado
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* ''True Confessions of [[Literature/AdrianMole Adrian Albert Mole]], [[MargaretThatcher Margaret Hilda Roberts]] and Susan Lilian Townsend'' has author biographies for all three "authors". According to Sue Townsend's she was ''sued'' by Adrian for trying to pass his diaries off as fiction.

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* ''True Confessions of [[Literature/AdrianMole Adrian Albert Mole]], [[MargaretThatcher [[UsefulNotes/MargaretThatcher Margaret Hilda Roberts]] and Susan Lilian Townsend'' has author biographies for all three "authors". According to Sue Townsend's she was ''sued'' by Adrian for trying to pass his diaries off as fiction.
26th Apr '17 1:57:11 PM Antigone3
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* Willard Wright wrote the Philo Vance novels under the pen name S.S. Van Dine. S.S. Van Dine appears as the narrator (characters will refer to his presence in their dialogue, but Van Dine has no dialogue). Oddly enough, some of the Philo Vance novels depicted him murdering the murderer. However, Van Dine established that Philo Vance had retired to Italy, whose fascist government probably would not have extradited him.

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* Willard Wright wrote the Philo Vance Literature/PhiloVance novels under the pen name S.S. Van Dine. S.S. Van Dine appears as the narrator (characters will refer to his presence in their dialogue, but Van Dine has no dialogue). Oddly enough, some of the Philo Vance novels depicted him murdering the murderer. However, Van Dine established that Philo Vance had retired to Italy, whose fascist government probably would not have extradited him.
5th Mar '17 10:37:08 AM LadyNorbert
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* [[Franchise/DragonAge Varric Tethras]] is credited as the editor of ''[[Fanfic/TwiceUponAnAge All This Sh*t is Twice as Weird]]'', helping "@/LadyNorbert, Chantry scholar" take the official records about the Second Inquisition and turn them into a story. He peppers the manuscript with [[NoteFromEd editor's notes]] to comment on the action, criticize the author's choice of phrase, or explain things to the readers.
4th Mar '17 1:28:27 PM nombretomado
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** ''Dragon'' used to do this all the time. FunPersonified MarvelComics character Comicbook/TheAwesomeSlapstick supposedly wrote his own ''TabletopGame/MarvelSuperHeroes RPG'' write-up, with the actual author claiming all he did was add "some semblance of grammar".

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** ''Dragon'' used to do this all the time. FunPersonified MarvelComics Creator/MarvelComics character Comicbook/TheAwesomeSlapstick supposedly wrote his own ''TabletopGame/MarvelSuperHeroes RPG'' write-up, with the actual author claiming all he did was add "some semblance of grammar".
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