American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. The experiences of a character or the circumstances of an event that occur before the action or narrative of a literary, cinematic, or dramatic work: At rehearsal, the actors developed backstories for their characters.
- n. A prequel.
- back + story (Wiktionary)
“In fiction, a backstory is the history behind the situation at the start of the main story.”
“It's what they call "backstory" in Hollywood pitches.”
“And while the backstory is appreciated and adds much more dimension to the characters than anything a film adaptation could provide, there were moments where it felt like it droned on a bit much.”
“No idea what the backstory is here, or why the filename is my last name.”
“The backstory is usually less important and almost always less interesting.”
“If it feels like the backstory is hard to follow, readers are probably going to put the book down.”
“No Jin backstory, and no trying to kill Chagum himself to spare the Mikado the grief of having to kill his own son (as seen in episode 3).”
“A "restless spirit" backstory is gradually revealed, leading to a somewhat haunting, but mostly annoying finale.”
“I am loving this show – the backstory is making this more than just another vampire show.”
“Often too much backstory is included at the start of the story – an artefact of the writer having written their way into the plot and the characters.”
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