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Breaking the Fourth Wall is a literary device in which the author deliberately refers to or addresses the reader. It is used mainly for comic relief, comedy, and stories writtern in the first-person point of view. The name comes from the practice of actors in plays addressing the audience through the imaginary fourth wall which separated the stage from the audience.


  • Hey! No bloody fights! This book is aimed at young kids!
  • I'd like an epic battle right about now, but we're running out of pages here.
  • This is just filler. Let's get to the good stuff.
  • Enough the descriptions! You're making us all sick!