I've enjoyed reading Steven King's On Writing. I am fond of the way he captures the notion of stories being undiscovered relics. Writers develop the habits to spot stories while also developing a toolbox to chisel them out. I love this quote.
"Probably J.K. Rowling is the current champ when it comes to back story." Page 225.
Back story. I'm wrestling with different approaches to the pacing of back story revelation. There is a peculiar pleasure in stimulating questions, but this seems to be a major "genre distinction" for Young Adult books. YA often involves first person narration with snark and double-edged affect, right? Most of the extremely popular YA books hand over heaps of back story up front, right? There are unique elements to the market and genre.
I'm not sure of all the distinctions, but it's different.
I think adult readers are lenient and patient across most genres. If adult readers see indicators of quality writing in the early stages of a book, then a small appetizer becomes a delight. Adult readers enjoy the mouthwatering steps. They want to savor each moment, each course, and to appreciate the pauses. Right?
Younger readers want to dip a finger straight into the dessert. First.
Can you blame them? Do you remember being 15?
This story involves a zombie apocalypse? Fine.
Is there a dash of non-corny humor and a course of romantic tension? Action? Promise? Before I care about the female lead's road to power-enabling self-discovery in this Dystopian world, let me taste these sweet expectations - thank you very much. PROMISE!
I've obviously taken this darling food analogy too far. This had something to do with back story...