so if you open any story on the app, there are big chances the MC was ether abusive and/or the parents are dead. aka the sad backstory. which is very much overused.
I know it would be way too much to ask people to stop doing that. I myself are doing it. because the easiest way to not have parents in the story is to kill them.
so let’s talk about why you not should give characters this story arc. and what you can do about it, if you wanna give them this story arc
first why not to do it.
it’s overused, I already mentioned, almost every story has this background story for the MC. people are tired of seeing it. readers want a normal family life
second its pity points. the sub-story is used to develop the character. instead of giving her a personality, life, goals and interest, to make us like character and get to know her and develop feelings for her (or him) we just give her a very terrible life. because it’s much more easy to get people to pity a character. through bad events. but the case because it’s so overused it dosent work anymore. instead of pity her we just think, not another one.
so what can you do if this is the backstory you want for your character? because its your story and your choice
I recommend waiting with the backstory. dont tell it in the first couple of chapters. I personally first plan to tell about it in my story in episode 9. the give the character time to develop so that it dosent feel like I try to get you to pity my character. and it feels more like a backstory than an easy personality for pity points.
another reason why it’s a good idea to wait, an example I just started this romance mafia story. that was what I wanted. the entire first chapter was MC sad background story, that was not what I wanted to read. I wanted romance not a tragedy.
a good way for you to tell the backstory instead of the one I just saw where the MC who was a stripper talk to the reader and says I know my life suck but there is a reason SAD BACKSTORY
then wait to a character actually ask it could be the LL, in chapter five they talk there life growing up MC might begin to cry before telling, he lays his arm around and tell her you dont have to tell it to me but if you want to I am listening, and then you give the sad backstory.
or in my story as an example. MC is going to the cemetery and LL follows her there because they had a fight and he wanted to say sorry. after the sorry is said she tells him her sad backstory. and he tells her his
edit: I forgot to mention waiting with the backstory give the readers a curiosity for the backstory. if you give small hints. and it makes it more interesting when you find out what the backstory is