What would a short story or a novel be like without characterization and back story information? A story that is more action driven about what the characters are doing and how they will solve that situation. Does it really matter? I think it depends how good the plot is and how addicting the problem is. Some novels I read have a lot of characterization and back story details, which I don't care. The World of Warcraft books are the worst. I just want to know what is going on and how the characters will solve that problem. All those back story stuff and the characters' past gives me a headache. I don't care if some readers are curious about the characters and the setting. Depending on the story, it should be action driven. Manga and Anime, they have a lot of characterization, which makes their series too long. Some of their information about the characters are cool, but why should I care? Action is what entertains me.