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12th Sep '17 8:37:35 AM nighttrainfm
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* In ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'', Buffy tries to get her sister Dawn [[ShooTheDog out of town to safety]] before the GrandFinale. As Xander drives them away, he gives the (understandably angry) Dawn a letter from Buffy.

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* In ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'', Buffy tries to get her sister Dawn [[ShooTheDog out of town to safety]] before the GrandFinale. As Xander drives them away, he gives the (understandably (the understandably angry) Dawn a letter from Buffy.
12th Sep '17 8:37:14 AM nighttrainfm
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* In ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'', Buffy tries to get her sister Dawn [[ShooTheDog out of town to safety]] before the GrandFinale. As Xander drives them away, he gives the (understandably angry) Dawn a letter from Buffy.
-->'''Voiceover:''' Dearest Dawn, don't be angry with Xander. He only did what I told him to do. This isn't the place for either of you. Please know that I love you and that everything I do is for you. I promised once to show you this beautiful world, and I'm going to do everything I can to make that happen --\\
''(Dawn knocks Xander out with a tazer, takes the wheel and turns them around)''
9th Sep '17 12:02:38 PM DaibhidC
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* At the end of ''WesternAnimation/ShaunTheSheep: The Movie'', Shaun finds a letter left by Slip the dog, and we hear her voiceover as he reads it. Except, Slip, like all animals (and indeed [[SpeakingSimlish humans]]) in ''Shaun the Sheep'' doesn't actually talk, so we just hear her barking.
1st Sep '17 3:26:34 PM crazysamaritan
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Getting somebody reading a whole letter out loud in fiction is plain boring. So, sometimes you'll notice that their voice fades and gives way to the sender, even though that's in a different room/town/timezone, before fading back to the receiver at the end. Bonus points if the letter is read while we see where the sender is, or where s/he was while writing the letter.

Often combined with DeadManWriting for a TearJerker--or at least an attempt at one. More comedic shows may do a "LeftTheBackgroundMusicOn" style gag: Bob sits reading his letter, while we hear someone reading the message, only for Bob to turn round and ask if he can read his letter in peace, please.

Compare EpilogueLetter, when the letter is used to wrap up the story.

See also EpistolaryNovel, SoundingItOut.

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Getting somebody reading a whole letter out loud The [[{{Narrator}} narration voiceover]] of what the on-screen characters are reading. This narration is usually in fiction is plain boring. So, sometimes you'll notice that their the voice fades and gives way to of the sender, even though that's in a different room/town/timezone, before fading back to person who wrote the receiver at the end. Bonus points if the letter text, although whomever is read while we see where the sender is, or where s/he was while writing the letter.

Often combined with DeadManWriting for a TearJerker--or at least an attempt at one. More comedic shows may do a "LeftTheBackgroundMusicOn" style gag: Bob sits reading his letter, while we hear someone
[[SoundingItOut reading the message, only text]] may fade in/out at the start/end of the message.

While named
for Bob to turn round and ask if he can letters being read his letter by a second party, this trope covers any text that gets a voiceover from the author. These could be text messages, diary entries, or [[ReadingForeignSignsOutLoud posted signs]]. Often the audience will not see the text in peace, please.

question, but shorter scripts may allow the whole thing to be shown briefly on the screen. Visually, we are often watching the reader for the ReactionShot, the author while they write, or a {{flashback}} that the writing [[{{Narrator}} narrates the events of]].

Compare EpilogueLetter, ReadingForeignSignsOutLoud (for the methods of translating foreign language text shown onscreen) and SoundingItOut (for when the character who is reading the letter does so out loud). Often overlaps with other letter tropes, such as EpistolaryNovel (for when one or more letters form a FramingDevice for the story), and EpilogueLetter (for when the letter is used to wrap up the story.

See also EpistolaryNovel, SoundingItOut.
serves as summary/ending for a story).
27th Aug '17 8:20:48 AM eroock
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* ''Series/{{Baywatch}}'' episode "Baywatch Down Under Part 2". As Jake reads a letter from his ex-wife Clare, we first hear it in his voice, then hers. Bonus points because she's deceased at the time.

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* ''Series/{{Baywatch}}'' episode "Baywatch Down Under Part 2". As Jake reads a letter from his ex-wife Clare, we first hear it in his voice, then hers. Bonus points because she's [[DeadManWriting deceased at the time.time]].
5th Jun '17 7:19:00 AM erforce
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* Parodied in ''Podcast/{{Rifftrax}}'' when one is used in the 2006 version of ''Film/TheWickerMan''.

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* Parodied in ''Podcast/{{Rifftrax}}'' when one is used in the 2006 version of ''Film/TheWickerMan''.''Film/TheWickerMan2006''.
3rd May '17 6:03:13 PM DeckardCanine
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* Lampshaded on a ''Series/YouCantDoThatOnTelevision'' sketch. Adam Kalbfleisch reads a letter from his father and looks around wondering where that voice is coming from. Turns out Adam's father is standing right there.

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* Lampshaded on in a ''Series/YouCantDoThatOnTelevision'' sketch. Adam Kalbfleisch reads a letter from his father and looks around wondering where that voice is coming from. Turns out Adam's father is standing right there.


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* In ''Series/SabrinaTheTeenageWitch'', Sabrina occasionally gets letters from Drell, head of the Witches' Council. Her recoils suggest that she can actually hear the voiceover herself, which makes a certain kind of sense.
23rd Apr '17 8:39:37 PM nombretomado
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* ''Franchise/TalesSeries'':

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1st Jan '17 10:11:53 PM Medinoc
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* The animated version of the ''Franchise/{{Tintin}}'' story "[[Recap/TintinTheRedSeaSharks The Red Sea Sharks]]" has Tintin start reading the Emir's letter aloud to share it with Captain Haddock, before the screen transitions to the Emir writing it with echo.

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* ''Franchise/{{Tintin}}'':
** "Recap/TintinCigarsOfThePharaoh" has a voiceover for the letters from the drug trafficker leader to his minions.
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The animated version of the ''Franchise/{{Tintin}}'' story "[[Recap/TintinTheRedSeaSharks The Red Sea Sharks]]" has Tintin start reading the Emir's letter aloud to share it with Captain Haddock, before the screen transitions to the Emir writing it with echo.
5th Dec '16 11:57:16 AM eroock
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* Textbook example in ''Series/{{Frequency}}'', when Frank cites from Larissa's diary, describing the appearance and disappearance of Meghan at the Hideaway Camp. Frank's voice morphs into Larissa's voice at the beginning and back to his at the end of the narration.
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