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8th Dec '17 9:37:27 AM nombretomado
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* Creator/FromSoftware's [[DemonsSouls Souls]] [[DarkSouls Series]] [[Videogame/{{Bloodborne}} games]] all employ this ''extensively''. Intro movies describe the setting, and select minimum of exposition comes from the few [=NPCs=] you'll meet, the ''vast majority'' of story must be extrapolated from environment, item locations and item descriptions.

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* Creator/FromSoftware's [[DemonsSouls [[VideoGame/DemonsSouls Souls]] [[DarkSouls Series]] [[Videogame/{{Bloodborne}} [[VideoGame/{{Bloodborne}} games]] all employ this ''extensively''. Intro movies describe the setting, and select minimum of exposition comes from the few [=NPCs=] you'll meet, the ''vast majority'' of story must be extrapolated from environment, item locations and item descriptions.
14th Oct '17 2:49:02 PM DustSnitch
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* The vast majority of ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'' is [[SpeechCentricWork told through dialogue]] (through the form of text boxes called pesterlogs or dialoglogs), leaving other important events to occur offscreen, and talked about later. This includes such moments as [[spoiler: [[OffscreenMomentOfAwesome the Trolls fighting against]] [[StarterVillain the Black King]] and [[TheUnreveal any meetup/fight between the protagonists and]] [[TheGhost the Denizens]]]]

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* The vast majority of ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'' is [[SpeechCentricWork told through dialogue]] (through the form of text boxes called pesterlogs or dialoglogs), leaving other important events to occur offscreen, and talked about later. This includes such moments as [[spoiler: [[OffscreenMomentOfAwesome the Trolls fighting against]] [[StarterVillain defeating the Black King]] 24-hour long FinalBoss of Sgrub (which is told by their last surviving ghost-robot) and [[TheUnreveal any meetup/fight between the protagonists and]] and [[TheGhost the Denizens]]]] Denizens]], with one exception within the last 50 panels of the comic.
14th Oct '17 2:46:03 PM DustSnitch
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Second-Hand Storytelling has a long tradition dating back to ancient Greece, where the traditions of Attic Drama insisted that ''none'' of the action actually take place on-stage. Whenever a character dies in ancient tragedy, for instance, the event is related by an eyewitness in the messenger speech.

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Second-Hand Storytelling has a long tradition dating back to ancient Greece, where the traditions of Attic Drama insisted that ''none'' of the action violence actually take place on-stage. Whenever a character dies in ancient tragedy, for instance, the event is related by an eyewitness in the messenger speech.
14th Oct '17 2:45:42 PM DustSnitch
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There's an event that is important to the storyline, but instead of showing us the event itself, the writers have the characters telling us about it, sometimes in retrospect. Because hey, it's cheaper. (Never mind that the first maxim people learn as writers, "ShowDontTell", discourages this very thing.)

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There's an event that is important to the storyline, but instead of showing us the event itself, the writers have the characters telling us about it, sometimes in retrospect. Because hey, ShowDontTell aside, it's cheaper. (Never mind that the first maxim people learn as writers, "ShowDontTell", discourages this very thing.)
cheaper.
30th Sep '17 7:56:43 PM nombretomado
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* [[FromSoftware FromSoftware's]] [[DemonsSouls Souls]] [[DarkSouls Series]] [[Videogame/{{Bloodborne}} games]] all employ this ''extensively''. Intro movies describe the setting, and select minimum of exposition comes from the few [=NPCs=] you'll meet, the ''vast majority'' of story must be extrapolated from environment, item locations and item descriptions.

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* [[FromSoftware FromSoftware's]] Creator/FromSoftware's [[DemonsSouls Souls]] [[DarkSouls Series]] [[Videogame/{{Bloodborne}} games]] all employ this ''extensively''. Intro movies describe the setting, and select minimum of exposition comes from the few [=NPCs=] you'll meet, the ''vast majority'' of story must be extrapolated from environment, item locations and item descriptions.
8th Sep '17 8:48:49 AM chopshop
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* ''{{Film/Logan}}'' has no flashbacks of any sort, with the backstory/worldbuilding being conveyed entirely through concise dialogue and visual hints. For example, the explanation for why the X-Men are broken up at the start of the film is never fully given on-screen, only hinted at through a radio broadcast and a monologue from Xavier.
5th May '17 3:34:57 PM KidDynamite
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* In Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, George Smiley's encounter with Karla is only shown by Smiley telling someone about it, and is stronger for it. It really expresses Karla as an enigmatic force.

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* In Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, ''Film/TinkerTailorSoldierSpy'', George Smiley's encounter with Karla is only shown by Smiley telling someone about it, and is stronger for it. It really expresses Karla as an enigmatic force.
24th Apr '17 2:55:21 PM ProfessorThascales
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* In Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, George Smiley's encounter with Karla is only shown by Smiley telling someone about it, and is stronger for it. It really expresses Karla as an enigmatic force.
28th Mar '17 8:05:15 PM 4power4
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* The Broadway version of Disney's ''Film/TheLittleMermaid'' features the entire backstory between Ursula and King Triton being told through dialog and/or song. Subsequent versions of the show featured an even more in intricate in depth backstory and details that explain why Ursula was unloved by their father, Poseidon, why he gave her the magic shell, how she killed all her other siblings but forgot to kill Triton, and how she is in fact responsible for the death of Ariel's mother which in turn lead to Triton hating humans. We aren't shown any of this.
31st Jan '16 7:23:01 PM stewyworks333
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* The vast majority of ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'' is [[SpeechCentricWork told through dialogue]] (through the form of text boxes called pesterlogs or dialoglogs), leaving other important events to occur offscreen, and talked about later. This includes such moments as [[spoiler: [[OffscreenMomentOfAwesome the Trolls fighting against]] [[StarterVillain the Black King]] and [[TheUnreveal any meetup/fight between the protagonists and]] [[TheGhost the Denizens]]]]
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