So I’ve been reading more comics lately, and I’ve noticed a trend. Or, rather, been reminded of a trend that quite probably never bothered me before and is now making my blood boil. It’s the thing where they just kind of toss you into the story with no real explanation as to what the hell is going on. Hence the title of this entry:
Like being tossed into a deep dark lake in the middle of January without a life preserver
Now, I know that you can’t just give away all the minutia of a story in the first two pages. That’s bad story telling. But you also can’t leave your readers going “no, but seriously, what did happen last summer? Who are these people? Why do I care?” and rely on good art to keep the reader’s interest.
It’s just … Well let’s just say if I wrote a story like that, my betas and editor would tear me to itty bitty pieces. And they’d be well within their rights to do so. No story should ever make the reader flip back to the beginning making them feel like they missed a few pages of prologue. And if it does, you didn’t do your job right.
And so, my beloved blog, I end with this. A plea to the creators of books, comics, fanfictions, short stories, and tall tales.
Please, I’m begging you, respect your readers. Don’t thrust them into your stories without any context. It’s rude, it’s disorienting, and it gives me a headache.
With all my wicked fierce love,
P.S. I have to hit post on this now, even though I normally wait for Phin to proof read, because I’m already loosing my ire. Stupid stories being stupid good and making me forgive their previous flaws.