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Books about characters being in stories

1RosetheReader
Modifié : Mai 14, 11:25pm

I love this genre and I want more of it. Pretty much any age ranges except preferably not picture books (although I do have a soft spot for We are in a Book!)

Basically any books about the characters being in books/stories (e.g. knowing they're in a book, participating with the plots of books/stories that exist within the book, knowingly following the plotline of separate stories, etc). Most examples I've seen are from the sudden increase of middle grade novels in the past 15 years or so with this general premise such as Story Thieves, Into the Wild, A Tale Dark and Grimm, and School for Good and Evil. Although I know there must be some books geared towards older audiences with this idea as well.

Anyway, I'd love any recommendations!

(I've also read all the books previously listed along with
The Other Alice and Of Giants and Ice)

3RosetheReader
Mai 15, 2:22pm

>2 amanda4242: Thanks for the suggestion! That series looks terrific!

4Ennas
Modifié : Mai 16, 3:36am

5si
Modifié : Mai 16, 8:15am

6Cecrow
Mai 16, 9:56am

Try Sophie's World, that one gets rather fascinating.

7TooLittleReading
Mai 16, 1:48pm

The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern might be another one...
Mechthild Glaser has a few YA type books that also feature books/stories
Nursery Crimes by Jasper Fforde (it's a duology)
The Lost Princess of Story by Suzanne de Planque

Those are the ones I can think of off the top of my head...

8karenb
Mai 16, 3:18pm

The Hell's library trilogy by A. J. Hackwith includes characters like this.

9RosetheReader
Mai 16, 9:25pm

>4 Ennas: Yes it would fit! I was actually planning to put it as one of the examples in the original post, but its name escaped me!

10RosetheReader
Mai 16, 9:25pm

These all look great! Thank you all so much for the suggestions!

11aspirit
Mai 16, 10:46pm

On the lower end of the age range: Ever After High (media tie-in) by Shannon Hale

For older teens and adults: The Scum Villain's Self-Saving System (currently being released in English) by Mo Xiang Tong Xiu

12nessreader
Mai 18, 12:14pm

My mind went straight to jasper fforde too.

Because I read it recently, Libriomancer by Hines is on my mind. He's a librarian-mage who scoops things out of novels to use and it's a fun magic system until mad villains come out too. Trigger warning - the romance set up grossed me out a bit + I wish Hines had given the female lead more choices

Also, and this may be too obvious, Pratchett's Witches Abroad maybe? In Discworld the laws of narrative trump physics so it takes an act of heroism to stop a fairytale unfolding.

13RosetheReader
Mai 18, 3:01pm

>11 aspirit: Oh yes Ever After High! Another classic example I somehow forgot to mention. I read Shannon Hale's Goose Girl series back in the day and have pretty much read all her books since. Thank you for both suggestions though!

14RosetheReader
Mai 18, 3:12pm

>12 nessreader: Ooo the Libriomancer looks good, but I'll definitely keep that in mind. I'm definitely wary of books with romance where the female love interest doesn't have much autonomy.

I also had no idea that this was a plotline in the Discworld series! My reading goal for the year is actually to read all of the Discworld books, so now I have even more to look forward to in the series!

15merrystar
Modifié : Mai 18, 3:34pm

The Inkheart series by Cornelia Funke
The Great Good Thing by Roderick Townley

16nessreader
Mai 18, 5:38pm

>14 RosetheReader:

I was so disappointed! Got it because mage librarian and I used to follow the author's blog and he was decent bloke, but that misstep spoilt it.
Pratchett often has a kind of theme in any given discworld - wyrd sisters is full of jokes about shakespeare, guards guards which I usually suggest as a starter is a police procedural.

17Cecrow
Mai 22, 7:09pm

>15 merrystar:, the Inkheart trilogy has good 2nd and 3rd books, but first you have to get past that first one. Fortunately, there's a movie for that!