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Have you heard of using false documents in fiction? The one I remember the most is The Princess Bride, by William Goldman, who pretends that he's abridging the original tome written by S. Morgenstern.
S. Morgenstern was likely a tongue-in-cheek reference to Johann Carl Simon Morgenstern, who coined the term Bildungsroman, a type of story that focuses on the psychological and moral growth of the main character.
I'm so gullible. When I first read this book as a teen, I thought he was telling the truth and even sent a letter to the publisher Harcourt to request the missing scene. They never wrote back. :(
BUT it turns out you can now request it at this website, which I just did. Finally. After like 20 years, I get to read it!!! (*Rubs hands together, cackling to myself*)
Okay, I just got the email. All I have to say is, "D'OH!"
I guess I'm still so gullible. Anywho.
Here are a bunch of other examples: Don Quixote, Robinson Crusoe, The Name of the Rose, The Handmaid's Tale, The Club Dumas and... a ton of others.
So...what do you think of "false documents" in fiction, either as documents within the novel, or the novel itself pretending to be a truth? Have you ever done this in your own storytelling?