Monday, February 27, 2006

Life in the Old Girl Yet

Nancy Drew parodies aren't new (one of my favorites is Mabel Maney's Case of the Good-for-Nothing Girlfriend) but Chelsea Cain's Confessions of a Teen Sleuth is exhaustive in trying out the dimensions of a metafictive life. In this "autobiography" (dedicated to Frank Hardy) Nancy is determined to clear up the mistakes made and lies put forth in a series of novels by an old college chum, Carolyn Keene. Nancy has problems of which Carolyn has no idea, such as an ongoing feud with Cherry Ames, simmering when the two meet at Joe Hardy's funeral, and later heating up when they are both on a panel at a feminist conference in 1975 at Vassar, where Nancy scoffs, "she can't even hold down a job. Dude ranch nurse. Cruise Nurse. Private Duty Nurse. Army Nurse. Rest home nurse. Ski nurse. One right after the other." Throughout, the various fiction worlds of the genre heroes intersect, as does Nancy's with the historical events of the twentieth century. Did you know that Hannah Gruen slept with Eisenhower?

10 comments:

rindambyers said...

I am appreciating the fact that you say boldly what you don't like on your blog as well as what you like, Roger. I respect that kind of honesty very much. I enjoy your blog.

I am also appreciating the fact that you use words I don't know yet...so I'm off now to study "metafictive" and hopefully a metafictive book or two as well.

pkbear said...

Would "metafictive" books be those like the novels of Jasper Fforde (The Eyre Affair, The Big Over Easy: A Nursery Crime, The Well of Lost PLots) in which Thursday Next is assigned to go into fiction books and correct inconsistencies and find lost characters?

KT Horning said...

Joe Hardy dead?! Say it ain't so!

Thanks for the heads up on this book, Roger. It sounds metahilarious. The jacket art is wonderful, too.

My own favorite Nancy Drew parody was one that appeared in National Lampoon in the 1970s, "The Case of the Missing Heiress," back when Patty Hearst was still at learge. Our titian blonde heroine, of course, solved the case easily. It was accompanied by jacket art that showed Patty, with her hands tied behind her back being forced to put her head through a cardboard cut-out in a life-size painting of the infamous SLA Patty-with-machine-gun pose.

Roger Sutton said...

Yeah, metafiction is fiction about fiction, and it can pop up in all kinds of ways, from parodies like The Stinky Cheese Man, to books in which the author is a character (Chris Crutcher's The Sledding Hill) to books in which a character KNOWS he or she is a character. Anyone have an example of the last?

kt horning said...

Linda Sue Park's latest novel, Project Mulberry, is a good example of the latter.

Andy Laties said...

Vonnegut on virtuality: “‘Mr. Trout,’ I said from the unlighted interior of the car, ‘you have nothing to fear. I bring you tidings of great joy.’ He was slow to get his breath back, so he wasn’t much of a conversationalist at first. ‘Are—are you—from the—the Arts Festival?’ he said. His eyes rolled and rolled. ‘I am from the Everything Festival,’ I replied. ‘The what?’ he said….‘Mr. Trout,’ I said, ‘I am a novelist, and I created you for use in my books.’ ‘Pardon me?’ he said. ‘I’m your Creator,’ I said. ‘You’re in the middle of a book right now—close to the end of it actually.’ ‘Um,’ he said….‘I am approaching my fiftieth birthday, Mr. Trout,’ I said. ‘I am cleansing and renewing myself for the very different sorts of years to come. Under similar spiritual conditions, Count Tolstoi freed his serfs. Thomas Jefferson freed his slaves. I am going to set at liberty all the literary characters who have served me so loyally during my writing career.’”—Kurt Vonnegut, Breakfast of Champions (New York: Delacorte, 1973): 298, 299, 301.

Kilgore Trout then runs away...

Andy Laties

Beth said...

Zusak's I am the Messenger. Maybe. Then again, maybe not.

rindambyers said...

Wah! I am metawhawha'd out.....I can see I have some reading to do.....

Fern said...

Gregory Maguire's really smart story "Honorary Shepherds" in the 1995 collection *Am I Blue* (ed. Marion Bauer) is a nifty example of a metafiction.

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