Oh I agree.
I’m just critiquing the academic style of storytelling, where it is typically “this thing follows that” with no dialog. For some reason, re-casting a story in those terms is considered to be an academic analysis, yet if it had, let’s say, been recast as a poem, it would likely not be considered academic in nature.
I have the same type of criticism of “Scientific” writing to journals. The stilted style and form is rather strange and bizarre to me. I know it serves a purpose, but it still strikes me as more of a tradition of Style rather than anything scientific in itself. Yet, something can be considered Scientific by simply following that form.