[[quoteright:198:[[Webcomic/TheVanZandts http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/url.png]]]]
[[caption-width-right:198:Self-explanatory, really.]]

Describe Meta Fiction here.

There you go.

...oh, you wanted more? But that was metafiction right there! Oh, but you want these tropers to explain it to you? Fine. Alright, pull up your chairs close to your computers and settle down. I'll tell you the tale of Meta Fiction.

Once upon a time, a man named ReportSiht wrote a story. Except he didn't want it to be like other stories. He wanted to ''[[LampshadeHanging comment]]'' on other stories with his story. His story included stuff about stories. Thus it was Meta Fiction. He published it and everyone was happy. Except for the people who wrote the stories he was commenting about, of course, but don't worry, [[RocksFallEveryoneDies rocks fell and killed them]]. The End.

...wait, you still want more? Okay, fine, be like that.

Meta Fiction ("meta" meaning "beyond") is when a story (or movie or television show) comments upon another piece of fiction or upon its own fictionalism. Yes, that's a word. For example, in ''Theatre/{{Hamlet}}'', the titular prince has the play ''[[ShowWithinAShow The Murder of Gonzago]]'' or ''The Moustrap'' put on to CatchTheConscience of Claudius. Of course, at the time ''Hamlet'' was written, ''The Mousetrap'' was fictional and later on, Creator/AgathaChristie actually wrote a play called ''Theatre/TheMousetrap'', [[{{Defictionalization}} defictionalizing]] it. Yes, that's a word, too.

For a more recent example, there's the 2002 film ''{{Adaptation}}''. Directed by Spike Jonze and written by Creator/CharlieKaufman, it stars NicolasCage as... Charlie Kaufman and his (fictional) twin brother Donald Kaufman. Charlie tries to adapt the real book ''The Orchid Thief'' by real author Susan Orlean (played by Creator/MerylStreep), which Charlie Kaufman actually tried to do before getting writer's block and writing ''Adaptation''. Interestingly enough, within the movie ''Adaptation'', the fictional Charlie Kaufman writes ''Adaptation'' and gets Creator/GerardDepardieu to play him, making this an example of [[RecursiveReality meta]][[ZigZaggingTrope metafiction]].

There are various forms of metafiction, all of which can be found [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Metafiction here]] and [[MetafictionDemandedThisIndex here]].

[[TheTreacheryOfImages By the way, we're not actually having a conversation.]] You're actually reading this on a computer screen. [[UnsoundEffect Metafictioned!]]