- Yes! I love when authors introduce their characters and give some info on them!
- No. It makes the first chapter too long and a little boring.
- Doesn’t matter. Either way is fine.
It’s a big no-no for me. It breaks the fourth wall and makes the story seem a bit basic. I’m fine with setting the scene introductions, in fact I quite like them. But if a character starts e.g. my name is blah blah, this is my best friend, I like blah blah. If you have a character introduction and like it, I’m happy for you but I just can’t get on side with them.
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I do. Some authors can over do it with the introduction to characters, but I don’t have an issue with you. I have to know how and what the characters are in order to read a story.
Depends on what the story is about, it is going to be a pretty obvious story line then no but if you have a complex story that characters have a major part to play with the MC, it does help to understand the background. I do agree with you can over do it but you have to be smart about it though, also to building up episode 1 any way you can would be a way to bring in readers.
It’s a big no no to character introductions. If you start of your story by telling instead of showing, I lose interest very quickly. Ever seen the top movies on IMDB (as well every other movie) starting off their very complex storylines and characters by pointing out everything at once instead of showing it piece by piece with the use of their characters and their interactions? Is that the case for books as well? No, it’s not as it happens rarely, if at all. If your story has great characters as well as a good plot, there’s no need for you to introduce everyone and their grandma. If it’s good, then the reader will get to know the characters and their part of the story as well as their personality as the story evolves and continues. But sure if you feel the need for it, go ahead, but I don’t think it’s necessary and showcases a lot (at least for me) about the story as a whole.
I prefer getting to know the characters as I go, and form my own idea of them on my own. Instead of the writer just being like “This character is [insert quality here]”
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