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I haven't read everything he's done, or really a large percentage of what he's done.

But looking back at his history does it seem like he devotes a significant part of his writing to telling stories about the act of storytelling in someway shape or form?

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aaron_bourque
Aug. 10th, 2013 03:20 am (UTC)
. . . yes.
lilacsigil
Aug. 10th, 2013 06:12 am (UTC)
Yes, absolutely. He had a self-insert character called "The Writer" (killed off in Suicide Squad by Ostrander and Yale).
e_to_the_ipi
Aug. 10th, 2013 10:56 am (UTC)
Calling him a self-insert character is a bit harsh.

Warren Ellis writes a lot of self-insert characters.

Grant Morrison wrote a scene where the character he was writing met the writer who was writing him, who basically was Grant Morrison and they had a chat. (Actually, I wonder if he's read Alasdair Gray's Lanark.)

He plays with metafiction a lot.
lilacsigil
Aug. 10th, 2013 11:45 am (UTC)
I don't mean anything negative by "self-insert". I really liked The Writer and various bits of meta-fiction, especially when they escaped into the mainstream DC universe.
e_to_the_ipi
Aug. 10th, 2013 03:40 pm (UTC)
Fair. I just don't really think of the character as Grant Morrison as much as "The writer of Animal Man".

It seems important, in a silly, meaningless way.
90scartoonman
Aug. 18th, 2013 12:37 am (UTC)
Yeah, he likes to get meta that way. Animal Man, Seven Soldiers, Flex Mentallo...it does tie into the idea that the barrier between superheroes, mythology, and reality is the idea of "fiction" and "non-fiction" and that through the telling of stories and the reading/experiencing of stories, there's a breaking down of the barriers.
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