One style of Mockumentary
, where it's a recognizable type of computer document — IRC chat log, forum posts, guestbook, Facebook posts, blog entries, email, etc. It's almost always a Fan Fic
or history fic, mainly because it's an "easy" form, and it's almost always at least part-comedy, mainly because it would be hard to take this seriously anyway.
It could also be an Apocalyptic Log
. May be integrated with a Fourth-Wall Mail Slot
. Character Blog
is a variant usually done as part of a larger work. Compare Gag Dub
- NFL Quarterbacks On Facebook
- The Avengers Shouldnt Text, which is a Slice of Life log of texts between the The Avengers set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
- There was a brief sequence in Zebra Girl following Sam in an IM conversation.
- "Lonebot" and "Curlehbrace" reenact Cave Story through the Twitter feeds of the player character and Curly Brace.
- This summary of Watchmen in the form of a Facebook feed.
- Gunnerkrigg Court's side story City Face has metafiction Bonus Material — comments where City Face himself, other birds and City Fairies laud or abuse each other, internet guestbook style.
- The Guild and Doctor Horribles Sing Along Blog have this as a framing device.
- In a Crowning Moment of Awesome, a British design studio recreated the film Home Alone entirely through tweets, including a Twitter page for every character who had a part, in realtime over Christmas 2009. They plan on doing Home Alone 2 over Christmas 2010. They don't plan on doing Home Alone 3 or 4..."ever...as those movies suck. That is all."
- Scourge chat logs series.
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- On CollegeHumor:
- Dorkly.com has the whole "Gamebook" column (Artificial Stupidity is featured more often than not):
- "The Hardest Week of My Life" was a story arc from the Global Guardians PBEM Universe that focused on Diamond. It was told in the form of a series of first-person diary entries retelling the events of the titular "hardest week" of her life.
- This strip of Quarter Life Comics.
- The short story ''Wikihistory'' by Desmond Warzel is formatted as a Wiki discussion page.
- The online novel Ultimate Dream is written in the form of a Character Blog, with comments on each entry by the character's friends. The story progresses in the form of blog posts by the Genre Savvy Deadpan Snarker narrator, as she and her friends play a Role-Playing Game and get sucked into the gameworld.
- The number of Facebook fics in the Glee fandom is insane. Some of them are really good. Others... not so much.
- The book Ophelia Joined the Group "Maidens Who Don't Float": Classic Lit Signs on to Facebook by Sarah Schmelling is a collection of several classic lit titles as told through Facebook updates.
- Jesus on ThyFace: Social Networking for a Modern Messiah does something similar for the New Testament.
- Since Homestuck is made largely of chatlogs, there are tons of fanfics for it that are based around just one long chatlog.
- iCarly has a reasonable number of this. The general idea is often some kind of 'gossip blog' run by Wendy, with the characters posting messages on the site. Wendy will write an article claiming xyz have happened, and the characters come in so that Hilarity Ensues.
- Korrabook has the cast of The Legend of Korra post on a Facebook-esque social site about the events that happen in the series.
- Fan Fic to Horatio Hornblower miniseries called "Hornblower and the E-Mail Saga" by Laura is made up entirely of e-mail messages. Characters have funny and punny e-mail addresses (for instance, horatio_hornblower (at) handsome_heroes.com). They face various problems connected to the Internet and the world of IT that mirror the events in the Navy from the series. Part 1 based on "The Even Chance", Part 2, based on "The Frogs and the Lobsters" and Part 3, based on "Mutiny" and "Retribution".
- Act One of The Next Frontier takes the form of Jebediah Kerman's Captain's Blog. And yes, he thinks it's an Incredibly Lame Pun too.
- Most of the Harry Potter fic "The Naked Quidditch Match" takes the form of "m-mails" (equivalent to e-mails) exchanged among characters.
- Sub Rosa is a Sherlock Holmes multimedia fic in telegram form - each telegram is an image - and set during the Great Hiatus.