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This paper has examined three of the largest forms for telling stories in order to answer the question Do you hear or see a story?. Storytelling stories are heard by the audience, novels are seen by the reader, and hyperfiction stories can be either heard or seen. Does that make these different forms of stories less valid than the other because it does not follow the same rules?

A story is a work of fiction that is communicated to another person. These forms succeed in doing that, no matter by what method they use. A story does not have to follow the same rules constantly; each of these forms have their place. And one form will not supplant the other. Storytelling is still with us, disguised as stand-up routines and gossip. Novels, printed on paper and bound together, will still be with us despite the popularity of hyperfiction. Do not spend too much of your time worrying about the "correctness" of a form, instead enjoy the story.

In closing, three quotes will be left. I feel that these three quotes explain how one should feel when they experience a great story whether it be seen or heard.

In the beginning the word was with God: all explanation, physical and moral, rested on the divine. And now for storytellers, even though those patterns of explanation are strictly human, the word has not lost a superhuman power to connect young and old, writer and reader; to connect us with each other and with the causes and consequences of what we do. Jill Paton Walsh. (Diary)
A book is meant not only to be read, but to haunt you, to importune you like a lover or a parent, to stick in your teeth like a piece of gristle. Anatole Broyard. (Diary 75)
You think your pains and your heartbreaks are unprecedented in the history of the world, but then you read. It was books that taught me that the things that tormented me were the very things that connected me with all the people who were alive, or who have ever been alive. James Baldwin. (Diary 50)

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