pgj1997 on Oct 8th 2018 at 8:26:11 AM
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pgj1997 on Dec 7th 2018 at 12:45:11 PM
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Characters in media seem to have an odd fixation on reading things aloud, even though what they're reading is already clearly visable to the viewers watching. A character will notice a sign or the title of a book and, out nowhere, start reading whatever's on it out loud. Your response is usually "Yeah, I can read. Thank you."
Of course, this isn't always a bad thing. Depending on the work, reading things aloud might be a good idea (if you're doing an Edutainment Show, it's pretty safe to assume that most of your viewers don't know how to read yet).
Compare Reading Foreign Signs Out Loud. However, it's more justified there, as it's a case where the editors didn't bother to change anything, and the characters are essentially just translating them for the viewer's convenience.
- The fifth episode of Sherlock Hound has The Villain kidnap Maria Hudson, the housekeeper to Sherlock Hound. He leaves behind a note written in clear cursive, reading "Dear Holmes [sic], I've got Mrs. Hadson. If you care about her safety, wait quietly for further instructions. - Prof. Moriarty." Nonetheless, his image appears, speaking the precise text of the note verbatim.
- Mamma Mia! starts off with Sophie sending off letters and reading who they're addressed to. Probably wouldn't be much of an issue, if the letters weren't clearly visible even if you aren't watching it in HD.
Live Action TV
- A Running Gag in Monty Python's Flying Circus is displays of letters supposedly written to the BBC complaining about the proceeding sketches. These letters are always read aloud by a narrator.
- Many Let's Plays do this, as gaming is usually a text-heavy medium. Though, when they do this, they'll usually do it to point something out, or they're planning to riff on it right afterwards.
- Strong Bad Email always has Strong Bad reading out his e-mails. Of course, if he finds any spelling or grammatical errors he's not afraid to make them painfully obvious.
- If you inspect anything with legible text on it during an Ace Attorney investigation, your character is most likely going to read it out loud. Of course, that's not really helping since the series, for the most part, isn't voice acted.
- The opening of Super Mario 64 has Princess Peach reading a letter she wrote to Mario. This was only added to the NTSC and PAL versions of the game.
- Starting with Season 8, Thomas the Tank Engine episodes start off with The Narrator reading the episode's title.
- VeggieTales always ends on an As the Good Book Says..., displayed on QWERTY (usually), and read out loud by a character.
- SpongeBob SquarePants
- A scene in "Chocolate With Nuts" has Patrick reading a billboard that reads "Eat Barnacle Chips. They're delicious".
- In Boating Buddies, SpongeBob writes "SpongeBob and Squidward, Best Boating Buddies Forever" on a chalkboard, and the rest of the students present read it out loud.
- All of the series' time card are read out loud by The French Narrator.
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