Hi all, I'm currently planning a fantasy novel. The thing is, most of the backstory is important and I won't be able to fit all of it into the dialogue and so forth without it feeling like a gigantic info dump. Also, I want to get the reader "into the story", and make them feel like they are a part of it a little more. So I had the idea of using a prologue (if you think a "chapter one" would be better for this idea, let me know), with an old man talking to the reader around a campfire. I could set up the scene and not startle the reader when they are mentioned, but rather surprise and excite them when they are spoken of and to. I would want the man to tell us a little of the backstory and talk to the reader about the characters and so on, in a way that would not be used in the novel. I'm not quite sure how to do that quite yet, but as I say, it's a work in progress. Now I come to you all to ask what you think of this. I know breaking the fourth wall is not common these days, in either films or literature, but I would only be doing it for the prologue/first chapter ONLY, and nowhere else. I personally enjoy reading works which do this at least partially, but I know some people are against it. Then again, no one can really stop me! I know that most readers feel like they are part of the universe when they read a book, but I think that if the story was told to them "personally", this would add electricity and a little mystery to the novel. Thoughts?