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The over-hyped, over-commercialized things were never good stories anyhow... which is probably why sequels generally aren't as good - they grab more sponsorship.

I still contend LOST to be one of the best story-telling tv shows ever.

That article is absolutely wrong. You can still go to the theatre and see stories. In some cases, you get stories from different perspectives (Sin City), or maybe you get part of the story, in which case you'll have to wait for the final installment (Lord of the Rings is a good example, Harry Potter is not. Every Harry Potter film contains a full story in of itself, with an obvious climax at the end, followed by the ultimate climax in the seventh story).
Of course, Video Games tell stories too, although this individual seems to not have noticed. Fallout 3 is a 40+ hour story of how an individual (IE YOU) left behind safety and either made the world a better place or visited terror upon the scorched DC Landscape the likes of which hadn't been seen in quite a while. Bioshock is a 10 hour story about an individual and how he is used by two others to further their agendas, only to break loose and save (or destroy) an underwater civilization. The Final Fantasy series is basically a long story about a group of individuals who save the world. Call of Duty 4, between all the shooting and explosions, was a story about two different units (the SAS and the USMC Force Recon) trying to stop nuclear proliferation. The list goes on and on.
The story isn't dead. The story is just being told in different, more interactive ways. Ways which, much like Fable 2, give the person observing the story the ability to bring it to a good or bad conclusion. And let's face it, given the fact that people today can't seem to understand classic works of literature (when's the last time you met and individual who knew what Dante's stories were about, or who knew about Ulysses?) and seem to demand entertainment of a more interactive sort with their storytelling, that's where the future will head for the majority. But books, songs, and old campfire stories will never go away.

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