1. a device in the narrative of a motion picture, novel, etc., by which an event or scene taking place before the present time in the narrative is inserted into the chronological structure of the work.
2. an event or scene so inserted. -from Dictionary.com
I must admit that as a reader I don’t really care for the heavy use of flashbacks. No. I hate them. I couldn’t explain to you the why of my displeasure with them only that I inwardly cringe when I run across them as they continue to go on and on at length. There are exceptions of course. Yes, of course! It would have to take a skillful writer to make me forget that I am lost in italicized flashbacks.
As with everything, there must be balance. If the majority of the story must be told in flashbacks then chances are slim to none that I’ll read your book or finish your book. I don’t mind “flashbacks” when they are maybe a paragraph or two in length but no, flashbacks for me are a major PITA. What say you, the gentle reader about flashbacks? Love them? Hate them? Neutral? Yes, this post was inspired by a book I am currently reading. That is all.