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The Vaughn-Evans Interview:  April 23, 2010


Just a few weeks before his untimely death at age 40, Bill Vaughn sat down with journalist Samantha Evans of the Spyglass News to talk about his career as a writer of unpublished spy thrillers.  Here is an excerpt from that interview:

Evans: There are often scenes in your books where the character of the author himself and then even his mother suddenly enter the story.  Why do you use metafiction in your spy novels and do you think the device makes a statement about the role of intelligence agencies in postmodern times?

Vaughn: Metafiction?   Postmodern times?  Ummm, which type of metafiction did you want me to talk about?

Evans: Fair enough.  The type when readers see that Fourth Wall come down–to borrow a term from theatre–and the mediating function of the author is self-consciously emphasized.  Such as in Cable & Deadpool when–

Vaughn: Whoa, slow down.  Jeez, Sammie, where did my little 12 year old cousin learn to talk like that?

Evans: You think my school newspaper hires dummies?

Vaughn: No, of course,  not.  But you think I’m overly self-conscious?

Evans: I don’t recall saying that.  Let’s say that you use the idea of self-consciousness.  Like when the mother of the author suddenly interrupts the  spy’s mission and calls attention to all his flaws.  That seems to happen a lot.

Vaughn: It happens every frickin day. Pardon my language, kiddo, but the character–your aunt Rhoda–is always barging into my room.  It’s hard to keep her out.  You mentioned some Fourth Wall coming down. When you live with your mother at my age, all the walls come down as soon as she wakes up.

One Response to “Metafiction”

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