Sunday, October 9, 2011

"Real World" Stops Kidding Around and Gets Pretty Meta

Kirarin and Worm are the perfect foils for each other in Chapter 5, which ends in an ultra hip, postmodern cliffhanger. I won't spoil it for those of you who haven't gotten there yet, and instead just leave you with the bread & butter of meta-ness, found on p. 123.

Worm has just decided that Terauchi is the only one of the 4 girl friends who's enough of a "cadet" to ghostwrite the manifesto of his crime:
"I want you to pretend you're a boy who's killed his mother and write a story about it. It doesn't have to be long, but something that's better than what that killer Sakakibara wrote. Sprinkle in some Dostoyevsky or Nietzsche or whatever. But do a good job of incorporating those, so nobody can trace the source. Then sort of wrap it up like 'Evangelion.' Or maybe--it might be better to make it all avant garde-ish, know what I mean? Philosophy of life, moaning and groaning about the absurdity of it all, like that. I'm counting on you. If a story doesn't work out, then a poem's fine. If you make it kind of incomprehensible and look cool then a poem might just do the trick. The kind of poem that they could use as evidence in a psych evaluation, that sort of thing. Something that hides my real intentions and confuses the reader."
Scenesters, discuss! 8 page paper due next week.

1 comment:

  1. I find it amusing that, in the same chapter, Worm believes himself to be "transforming" into some sort of brilliant Japanese soldier...yet still recognizes his inability to produce even the most basic of deliberately-confusing "manifestos!"

    Wouldn't it be meta if the whole book turns out to be Terauchi's faux manifesto attempting to understand the situation from each participant's perspective? But I don't think any of the characters, even Terauchi, are that bright!