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20th Nov '16 8:16:23 PM IniuriaTalis
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* ''LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya'': Kyon all the freaking way.
** It's kind of believable with Kyon (although he basically recounts events as they happen, without PurpleProse or complicated analogies or anything).
** Also, it's not clear [[UnreliableNarrator how accurate he's really being]].

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** But in ''Literature/ToTheLighthouse'' it's not the voices of the characters themselves, it's Virginia Woolf being an omniscient narrator and telling us what they're thinking. Their thought processes are complicated, but they probably couldn't articulate them as sophisticatedly as Woolf does. When they actually speak out loud it's usually mundane things like "do you think the weather is okay to sail in today?"



** That's intentional; the kid's supposed to be creepy.



* ''Literature/MobyDick'': Ishmael may be better at writing than at whaling.
** Probably intentional: he's a writer and occasional "marchant" seaman, only entitled to the Pequod's 777th lay.

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* ''Literature/MobyDick'': Ishmael may be better at writing than at whaling.
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whaling. This is probably intentional: he's a writer and occasional "marchant" seaman, only entitled to the Pequod's 777th lay.



* Bobby Pendragon, of ''Literature/ThePendragonAdventure''. Made especially glaring because writing the story down was one of the major plot points, and we're supposed to believe that in most cases he had hand-written a well planned out eloquent narrative in a single night.
** Not always. He basically writes, eats, and sleeps whenever he has any spare time. The novels take place over several years, with bursts of shit happening in-between downtime that we don't really get to see.

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* Bobby Pendragon, of ''Literature/ThePendragonAdventure''. Made especially glaring because writing the story down was one of the major plot points, and we're supposed to believe that in most many cases he had hand-written a well planned out eloquent narrative in a single night.
** Not always. He basically writes, eats, and sleeps whenever he has any spare time. The novels take place over several years, with bursts of shit happening in-between downtime that we don't really get to see.
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** Not so odd -- the sort of thing that leads you to hire a famous detective tends to stick in the memory, and they could have been mentally rehearsing it beforehand.
13th Nov '16 4:58:54 PM Gideoncrawle
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* While fanfic authors are not always "good", they hardly change the level of writing when having a character describe something. So, even characters will describe the MarySue in PurpleProse. Good.
* TheStoryteller in ''Fanfic/TheLegendOfTotalDramaIsland'' is clearly this for the most part, recalling long-past events with inhuman precision, although it is implied that she does [[UnreliableNarrator embellish certain details]].

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* While fanfic authors are not always "good", they hardly change the level of writing when having a character describe something. So, even characters will describe the MarySue in PurpleProse. Good.
* TheStoryteller in ''Fanfic/TheLegendOfTotalDramaIsland'' is clearly this for the most part, recalling recalls long-past events with inhuman precision, although it is implied that she does [[UnreliableNarrator embellish certain details]].
29th Jun '16 3:56:02 AM Morgenthaler
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** He also fudges some details to stay in line with [[strike:broadcast TV]] his own parental standards. "Sandwiches", anyone?
*** "Bagpiping" anyone?
*** "KISS HIM! KISS HIM!" "Kids, Barney wasn't saying "kiss"
29th Jun '16 3:55:41 AM Morgenthaler
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28th Jun '16 11:01:47 PM Morgenthaler
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* In many of the SherlockHolmes short stories, the famous detective would spend (usually) the first half of the tale interviewing the client, who would effortlessly provide step-by-step, word-for-word descriptions of the events that brought them to seek Holmes out. This can sometimes reach a few weeks back.

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* In many of the SherlockHolmes Literature/SherlockHolmes short stories, the famous detective would spend (usually) the first half of the tale interviewing the client, who would effortlessly provide step-by-step, word-for-word descriptions of the events that brought them to seek Holmes out. This can sometimes reach a few weeks back.



* ''TheNameOfTheWind'' features a protagonist who has since birth been trained to be a professional storyteller, so the author raises the stakes by having him orate the entire novel in real-time to a scribe, talking for an entire day with very few breaks, presumably ad-libbing the entire thing. There are a couple points when he stops to collect his thoughts, and one where Bast takes issue with his story (he describes his love interest as flawless, and Bast corrects that her nose was a bit crooked. He also takes the opportunity to point out that Kvothe tends to describe every woman he meets as beautiful, something those reading may have noticed by that point).

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* ''TheNameOfTheWind'' ''Literature/TheNameOfTheWind'' features a protagonist who has since birth been trained to be a professional storyteller, so the author raises the stakes by having him orate the entire novel in real-time to a scribe, talking for an entire day with very few breaks, presumably ad-libbing the entire thing. There are a couple points when he stops to collect his thoughts, and one where Bast takes issue with his story (he describes his love interest as flawless, and Bast corrects that her nose was a bit crooked. He also takes the opportunity to point out that Kvothe tends to describe every woman he meets as beautiful, something those reading may have noticed by that point).



* The novel ChildOfTheNorthernSpring follows the story of King Arthur from Guinevere's perspective. Gwen turns out to be amazingly accurate in her narration - so much so that she (somehow) manages to recount events even though she claims to have forgotten about them.

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* The novel ChildOfTheNorthernSpring ''Literature/ChildOfTheNorthernSpring'' follows the story of King Arthur from Guinevere's perspective. Gwen turns out to be amazingly accurate in her narration - so much so that she (somehow) manages to recount events even though she claims to have forgotten about them.



* Subverted in the 7th {{Thursday Next}} book, "The Woman Who Died A Lot" which reveals that recurring character Jack Schitt didn't really have that name, it was a nasty pseudonym bestowed on him by Thursday.

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* Subverted in the 7th {{Thursday Next}} ''Literature/ThursdayNext'' book, "The Woman Who Died A Lot" which reveals that recurring character Jack Schitt didn't really have that name, it was a nasty pseudonym bestowed on him by Thursday.



* Fitz from Literature/RealmOfTheElderlings writes down detailed events of what happens years after the fact, although his good memory is probably justified because of the Skill. [[spoiler: His daughter takes it a step further by remembering what happens while she was in her mother's womb.]]

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* Fitz from Literature/RealmOfTheElderlings ''Literature/RealmOfTheElderlings'' writes down detailed events of what happens years after the fact, although his good memory is probably justified because of the Skill. [[spoiler: His daughter takes it a step further by remembering what happens while she was in her mother's womb.]]
5th Mar '16 10:46:04 AM nombretomado
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* The ComicBook/RedSkull remembered the details and experience of his own birth, as well as the personalities of both his parents despite his mother dying in childbirth and his father commiting suicide the next day. He lampshaded and justified both by claiming a "remarkable memory". One could, of course, take it to mean that his entire life story was [[BlatantLies embellished]], especially given that he was telling the tale to his ArchEnemy CaptainAmerica.

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* The ComicBook/RedSkull remembered the details and experience of his own birth, as well as the personalities of both his parents despite his mother dying in childbirth and his father commiting suicide the next day. He lampshaded and justified both by claiming a "remarkable memory". One could, of course, take it to mean that his entire life story was [[BlatantLies embellished]], especially given that he was telling the tale to his ArchEnemy CaptainAmerica.
ComicBook/CaptainAmerica.
12th Feb '16 12:21:32 AM azurenight
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* Fitz from Literaure/RealmOfTheElderlings writes down detailed events of what happens years after the fact, although his good memory is probably justified because of the Skill. [[spoiler: His daughter takes it a step further by remembering what happens while she was in her mother's womb.]]

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* Fitz from Literaure/RealmOfTheElderlings Literature/RealmOfTheElderlings writes down detailed events of what happens years after the fact, although his good memory is probably justified because of the Skill. [[spoiler: His daughter takes it a step further by remembering what happens while she was in her mother's womb.]]
12th Feb '16 12:20:00 AM azurenight
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*Fitz from Literaure/RealmOfTheElderlings writes down detailed events of what happens years after the fact, although his good memory is probably justified because of the Skill. [[spoiler: His daughter takes it a step further by remembering what happens while she was in her mother's womb.]]
24th Jan '16 3:36:52 PM Anddrix
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* This often happens when characters are recalling something that happened offscreen in stories; it's disturbing how they sound like professional storytellers when they definitely aren't. For example, Warren does this in The ''Literature/{{Fablehaven}}'' novel ''Secrets of the Dragon Sanctuary'', Luke does it in ''Literature/CityOfBones''...

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* This often happens when characters are recalling something that happened offscreen in stories; it's disturbing how they sound like professional storytellers when they definitely aren't. For example, Warren does this in The ''Literature/{{Fablehaven}}'' novel ''Secrets of the Dragon Sanctuary'', Luke does it in ''Literature/CityOfBones''...''Literature/{{City of Bones|2007}}''...
10th Jan '16 1:00:44 PM R1ck
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->''"I think I'll try extra hard to remember [[http://www.hlcomic.com/index.php?date=2006-07-28 today's]] events and conversations, in case I someday want to recall them verbatim."''

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->''"I think I'll try extra hard to remember [[http://www.hlcomic.com/index.php?date=2006-07-28 today's]] today's events and conversations, in case I someday want to recall them verbatim."''
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