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Kunstformen der Natur (1904) by Ernst Haeckel
Kunstformen der Natur (1904) by Ernst Haeckel

Semi-autobiographical has two meanings. First, an autobiographical work may have been embellished or differently altered or fictionalized.

Secondly, novels may be thinly veiled memoir, semi-autobiographica novel or work of autofiction which draw heavily on the experiences of the author's own life for its plot. Authors may opt to write a semi-autobiographical novel rather than a true autobiographical novel or memoir for a variety of reasons: to protect the privacy of their family, friends, and loved ones; to achieve emotional distance from the subject; or for artistic reasons, such as simplification of plot lines, themes, and other details.


Semi-fiction is fiction implementing a great deal of non-fiction, for example: a fictional depiction "based on a true story", or a fictionalized account, or a reconstructed biography.

Often, even when the author claims the story is true, there may be significant additions and subtractions from the true story to make it more suitable for storytelling.

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