"I decided. The main character is going to be a samurai."Sometimes, when main characters are writers/animators/mangaka/directors, they write/film/draw a story including the main characters from the actual story. Though this is not a common thing, it's still worth the mention. Compare I Should Write a Book About This.
— Chihaya Ikaruga, Samurai Harem: Asu no Yoichi
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Anime & Manga
- As mentioned above, Chihaya's manga is about a samurai. This samurai is surrounded by four girls. Incidentally, Samurai Harem: Asu no Yoichi is also about a samurai surrounded by four girls.
- Toujou from Strawberry 100% writes fantasy novels. At one point, the main character has to choose among some girls. Just as Manaka has to choose.
- Also, the films they make together differ very little from reality.
- Episode one from The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya
- True Tears' main character, Shin'ichiro, is drawing a story about a rooster that tries to fly. This 'flying' aspect is actually the point of the entire anime.
- Haruka from Rumbling Hearts desperately wanted an picture book about saying goodbye. Which is exactly what she does later on.
- The entire premise of one episode of Seitokai no Ichizon.
- In the epilogue of Eyeshield 21, Karin becomes a mangaka, and her editor asks her to use her experience in American Football to write a manga about the sport, with the legendary runningback Eyeshield 21 as the main character.
- In Sgt. Frog, Aki uses Keroro and his friends as the inspiration for her latest manga series.
- Rohan Kishibe from JoJo's Bizarre Adventure Part 4 can turn people into books with their thoughts and experiences written on them. He uses his power on Koichi, the First-Person Peripheral Narrator, and gets fascinated with him, which gives him the idea to draw a "manga about the story of a stand user" based on Koichi's experiences. He's stopped, since doing that would imply Koichi's death.
- Secret Window, based on the book by Stephen King, starred Johnny Depp as the psycho writer.
- Both the main characters from Throw Momma from the Train do this at the end after the plot is resolved. Billy Crystal's character (the one who is an actual author) is outraged that his former student, played by Danny DeVito, may have beaten him to market with the same story and seems to consider actually murdering the man out of anger, but DeVito's turns out to be a children's book with a family-friendly ending and they end up happy for each other and successful.
- Near the end of Romancing the Stone, it's revealed Joan's latest romance novel was based on the events of the film, albeit she included a happy ending before she actually got one.
- In The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor Evy had written a novel based on her adventures on the previous movies.
Live Action TV
- Seinfeld. The Show Within The Show is about incidents surrounding the main characters' lives. (I.E: yeah, it's about nothing.)
- In Supernatural, a character is chosen to become a prophet of God, and begins having dreams chronicling the adventures of the lead characters. (Basically, he's seeing what the show's audience is seeing.) But, not knowing that his visions are true, he proceeds to write them down as books and publish them under a pen name. Needless to say, he's a bit shocked when he finds out the truth, and is flung headlong into his own world filled with demons and monsters.
- Of course it is later implied that said character is actually God.
- The titular character of Bones writes novels about her life as a criminal anthropologist. This is actually Truth in Television - the show is loosely based on the life of Real Life forensic anthropologist Kathy Reichs, who wrote a series of novels based on her life and career.
- In the US version of Queer as Folk, Michael and Justin write and illustrate their own comic book, Rage, which features Brian as the lead character and tells stories right out of the characters' own lives.
- In NCIS, McGee has a successful book series that may be the least well-veiled example in history, with "characters" sharing all but one letter of their names with their real-world counterparts. One character's name doesn't even get that much, being changed from Jimmy Palmer to Pimmy Jalmer.
- At one point in Terranigma you meet a game designer who works at Quintet, who says that he'll make a game with the main acharcter as the hero.
- Paradise seems to be just this in itself, though special mention goes to Iris and Gabriel who wrote Perspectives' events from a quarantined Silver City.
- The Word Weary is written by John Kossler and features a protagonist named John Kossler writing a comic about his life.