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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.


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     Fan Fiction  

  • Encryption Straffe has sections of chapters shift to this when the characters are having conversations online.
  • The Ink Black Heart: Most of the series of Cormoran Strike Novels are told by Switching P.O.V. between detective partners Cormoran Strike and Robin Ellacott. This one sometimes departs from that formula, with several chapters instead consist entirely of chat logs from online fantasy game "Drek's Game". Sometimes there are as many as three separate chat logs on the page, consisting of three vertical columns, as players and moderators of "Drek's Game" talk to each other.
  • 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 Deadpan Snarker narrator, as she and her friends play a Role-Playing Game and get sucked into the gameworld.

     Live Action Television  
  • 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.

  • Water by the Spoonful: Most of the scenes between "Haikumom", "Orangutan", "Chutes and Ladders", and "Fountainhead" take place in an online chat room for crack addicts. This is represented by the actors in different locations, delivering their lines without making eye contact, with screens behind them showing their chat room posts.

     Video Games  
  • The plot of Cytus II is told through blog posts and comments on the Twitter-like social media site iM. The DLC characters, meanwhile, have their story relayed via diary entries, recaps of camera and audio recordings, and e-mails.


     Web Original