Which, I suppose, is a very big question. The reason I ask is this: My MC (Artemis) is the target of a murderer (Dmitri). His ex-boyfriend (Balthazar) is being framed for it. Originally, my MC accidentally killed his mother, who the murderer was in love with. Fine, right? But there were more holes in that plot than swiss cheese such as, "Why on EARTH would the murderer frame someone like the MC's ex?" So I reworked the plot a bit, and the updated version goes a little like this (a 720 word plot outline): So, the big questions here are: 1. Are jilted lovers cliche? 2. Is it too dark/edgy? 3. Does it even remotely make sense? Edit: I just want to point out that this is just background/history stuff. Most of it probably won't even be touched in the book (or at least, not all at once).