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Mixed Media Storytelling: A Comic Book Within A Novel

The "story within a story" literary device can be traced back to Ancient Egypt.
The "story within a story" literary device can be traced back to Ancient Egypt.
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Bestselling novelist Joshilyn Jackson is writing a comic book. Well, technically, the main character of the novel Jackson is working on, “Origin Story,” is writing a comic book — parts of which Jackson includes in her novel to “influence the plot, underscore themes, and … place images and relationships that echo inside the larger narrative.”

In this edition of “Writer to Reader,” Jackson takes a look at her own novel and other works of fiction that use a literary device with origins that can be traced to ancient Egypt: the “story within a story.”

“If you’re not careful, these things will end up like Russian nesting dolls,” Jackson warns.

And if you’re itching to read a book that puts the “story within a story” device to use and is already written, Jackson lists some of her all-time favorites.

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