The 4th wall in novels - Yo-Ho or No-Go?

Discussion in 'Writing Discussions' started by Writer’s_Magic, Jun 14, 2018.

  1. Writer’s_Magic

    Writer’s_Magic Mystagogue

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    Since the Deadpool movie, the fourth wall became more famous. (That means the characters is speaking to the viewer or reader.) But already before this cinematic masterpiece, some authors used it. For example, in Percy Jackson and the Greek gods the narrator commented on almost everything. But isn’t this style annoying for the reader? Or give it more entertain than I think? Let’s discuss!
     
  2. CupofJoe

    CupofJoe Valar Lord

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    Breaking the fourth wall was used LOONNNGGGG before Deadpool. The aside straight to camera is a staple of silent film.
    When it is done right, a narration can be a great way to get a story moving or to explain something. In some genres, it is more accepted than others. Noire is full of the MC, telling the reader what is going on.
     
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