Dramatic Reading sites are YTMNDs in which a user reads aloud from a passage in a way which makes the text in question appear out-of-context. A good example of this is The Bauman E-mails: A Dramatic Reading a site created by boomaga after the eBaum’s World controversy in which he read the Cease and Desist emails sent by the the Baumans in the voice of a mock Shakespearean actor. The sheer ridiculousness of the hammy, faux-English accent coupled with the use of internet slang (the term “lol” is used in one email, Boomaga decided to pronouce it literally) gained it mass popularity and caused it to stay at the Top-rated YTMND spot for several weeks. While The Bauman Emails is not the first “reading” site to be made (sites such as Peta People Smart! predate it by at least a month), it is undoubtably the most famous and was added to the Hall of Fame, later starting the Dramatic Reading fad.
Well what does everyone think about this one? I know that it might not be as widespread as other memes but it did gain alot of popularity on YTMND. Not to mention you can find a pretty good amount of videos on YouTube just by typing in “Dramatic Reading”.
Here’s a few examples of the meme at work:
The Bauman E-Mails: A Dramatic Reading
Breakup Letter, Dramatic Reading (this one has over 2 million views)
Real History of World War 2, Dramatic Reading
And From YouTube: