After another late-night screening of ‘Deadpool 2’ and a deepened commitment to my belief that Zazie Beetz needs a solo Domino movie, I was interested to find a friend saying she could not stand the Deadpool films because the character spoke directly to the audience.  It broke her suspension of disbelief, and reminded her that she was watching “a falsehood,” as she put it, which I can sort of understand.  Breaking the fourth wall is always a tough proposition in fiction, but sometimes I find it incredibly charming and effective depending on the story, leading to today’s self-referential query…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) still loves Tom Robbins tendency to talk to the reader, even if his work hasn’t always aged well, asking: Fourth Wall Breaking: Yay Or Nay?


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Once upon a time, there was a young nerd from the Midwest, who loved Matter-Eater Lad and the McKenzie Brothers... If pop culture were a maze, Matthew would be the Minotaur at its center. Were it a mall, he'd be the Food Court. Were it a parking lot, he’d be the distant Cart Corral where the weird kids gather to smoke, but that’s not important right now... Matthew enjoys body surfing (so long as the bodies are fresh), writing in the third person, and dark-eyed women. Amongst his weaponry are such diverse elements as: Fear! Surprise! Ruthless efficiency! An almost fanatical devotion to pop culture! And a nice red uniform.


  1. I’m all for it as long as it’s clever. I tend to enjoy scripted entertainment from a writing perspective, so I’m pretty much always aware that I’m reading/watching fiction. With that being the case, I don’t really have much immersion to break.

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