I like back stories in very small amounts becuase a character’s behaviour and thought process often reveal much of their past.
Many books I have read have back stories that are too obstructive. There are even books out there that are mostly backstories and very little actual story. I also quite suspect that backstories are used by many books to cover up the lack of actual story/plot of their book.
Still it might be interesting to know some adventures the characters have in the past.
Catgirl’s back story, I can promise is coming big time…in book 2 even….
I am seriously thinking about a prequel with the retrieval of the book. Lenamare’s henchmen will be showing up in the not to distant future…so their original adventure is something of interest to me. It’s very unusual fantasy story, if you haven’t guessed (powerful wizard hires a party of adventurers to get magic artifact for him–I am sure none of you have ever encountered this plot line)–the big trick is that it takes place in Oorstemoth so the dialog is a bit taxing to write…
Antefalken’s backstory is very very long (as is Exador’s) I am thinking those two are a whole bunch of adventures spanning across a few thousand years.
Lenamare is human, so his back story is easier in that it only spans decades…
I agree, there is a lot to be said for allowing the first impression of a character to stick as the record.
Which is why I am thinking more short story back stories. And maybe not so much biography as “incidents in the life of” which is particularly interesting and relevant for people who’ve been around for a long time.
There are actually authors who manage to write a book with a character and then go back and write origin stories and pull it off. Michael Moorcock and Marion Zimmer Bradley come to mind.
Speaking of MZB, I will once again bring up my recommendation for her brother’s work: PEZ Paul Edwin Zimmer (now deceased) who wrote the Dark Border series. If you want to see the blue print for A Song of Ice and Fire, that’s it (although the pre blue print goes back to JRRT and before that Thomas Mallory I supposed and then Beowulf).
:-k Out of curiosity is their any characters back story that anybody is most interested, either as a whole or a single aspect of their background. I really want to know whom you others want to know more about?