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Old 12-06-2012, 12:24 AM
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Originally Posted by Andy L View Post
It used to be somewhat common for authors to explain how they acquired their stories by creating fictional forewords describing themselves finding some old manuscript - The Scarlet Letter starts that way. More recently, William Goldman put himself into the story by describing how "he" found a copy of fictional, unedited "The Princess Bride" for his (fictional) son, and then created the "good parts" versions.

Like a lot of other techniques, when this kind of meta stuff works, it works well.
"I had this story from one who had no business to tell it to me, or to any other." One of my favourite opening lines....