Monday, August 06, 2012

Bon mot for the week

"Back-story is an easy refuge when your main story isn't strong enough."


I'm not a fan of back-story, on the whole. I think it's significant that the one genre where it really thrives is in superhero comic books, where the genesis of the super-powers and, sometimes even more so, the prior life of the hero as an ordinary person are far more interesting than the established superhero premise. It's a perfect illustration of my point here.

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