Question are flashbacks annoying or intresting if so why?

Discussion in 'Novel General' started by mja, Oct 12, 2017.

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flash backs or flash fronts

  1. yay 4 flash backs

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  2. im fudgin tired of flashbacks breaking the pace of the novel

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  3. wtf are flash fronts (who knows)

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  4. My name is Barry Allen and I'm the fastest man alive, I am The Flash.

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  1. mja

    mja Active Member

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    you know the drill im writing a novel and in one of the scenes there are some flashbacks that somewhat explain the background of the character but isn;t totaly necassary should it be included or not
     
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    bonifide Well-Known Member

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    Well Naruto pretty much made me almost hate all flashbacks now.
     
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  3. LivingCorpse

    LivingCorpse Witch/Ghost-type | Skullie's Pokemon

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    Story wise, it's necessary.

    But for me, flashback Arc is still annoying.
     
  4. Ratatoskr

    Ratatoskr [Aruruu's proud dad] [The False Gentleman]

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    As long as its not like naruto anime i guess.
     
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    I like it from the back, not front.

    No homo.
     
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    Alchyr Master of Procrastination

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    well done flashback that isn't overly long and gets across what people want to know from the flashback is good.

    5 year long flashback that goes over things we already know and adds almost nothing important is bad.
     
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    Neiden Well-Known Member

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    The opposite of a Flashback is a Flashforward, not a Flashfront.
    Also, flashbacks are a good and easy way to build the backgrounds and the history
     
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  8. Liea

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    Well if it is keep relevant, short and dosen´t drag on forever like Naruto then it´s good.:blobpopcorn:
     
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    Khatulistiwa An Egg

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    Berserk flashback is one of the best flashback ever exist
     
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    Mufarasu Well-Known Member

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    At this point, with everyone writing the similar isekai and/or harem stuff flashbacks just ruin it even more.

    When I read novels now I'm looking for something different because God only knows how many different variations of the same regurgitated material I've read through. Honestly there's no benefit to a flashback unless it's from the standpoint of a mature character; I mean OLD.

    A flashback of some teenager doing things a few days or weeks ago is completely unnecessary. Use foreshadowing instead, and get on with the story. Then maybe you can be one of the few to get past the introductory arcs for once.
     
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  11. ahuramagina

    ahuramagina A Hero Kitty Lost In the World of Demonic Dogs

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    A bit of a flashback that explains who and how the character came to be like that and part of it meeting either the MC or something note worthy.
    I hate flashbacks that has no relevance to the story.

    I liked Naruto but the hell with the tons of flashbacks during critical moments
     
  12. Not Red Yet

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    Do flashbacks in moderation, make sure the flashback isn't super long since you'd lose some people's interest like that.

    If you want some examples then Tales of the reincarnated lords flashbacks are ones you need to make sure not to do.

    Just my opinion so.
     
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    It really depends on how its done, just like how all novels of a genre aren't trash simply because of what genre they are.
     
  14. feyrin

    feyrin Night time tyrant

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    Naruto flashbacks; Annoying. Bleach flashbacks; Annoying. One Piece FLASHBACKS; perfection.
     
  15. Lswarmruler

    Lswarmruler 『Contrast HERO Chaos』【Infernoid】 《Justice Bringer》

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    Actually im more kind of 'present' person... i dont enjoy flashback nor flashfront as i just want to read 'now' plot... when i read flashback it kinda boring because we already know how the story end, and when i read flashfront it give me spoiler how the story will end and make me uninterested back to the present situation as it kinda become flashback now... so yeah i hate memento movie and linear plot ftw
     
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    13th Echelon Piping Hot Member

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    Flashbacks are good if timed correctly.
     
  17. kfahad

    kfahad 『The Lurker Beast』『Beast fallen』

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    Flashback like Gintama is good..
    They are complaining to the author that they don't have flashback moments yet. XD
     
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    SenjiQ [Bird of Joy]

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    Flashbacks do not inherently have any value or deficiency. Like all techniques, its how they are used and to what effect that really matters.
     
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    Filler is filler, not filler is not filler.
    Doesn't matter the shape or form.

    But the general rule for me is, if I have more content beyond the flashback, I like them, sometimes even love them.
    If the Flashback is the last chapter/episode/book etc. available... I hate them to the core and want them to drown in their own pointless filth.
     
  20. cinabre

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    I really hate flashbacks.
    Flash Backstreet are annoying tools used by bad authors.There are many writing technics to avoir them, so if you can't, stop writing.