OK Folks...so this has been plaguing me for a few weeks. When I read, I love it when I get an occasional paragraph inserted in a story that "tells" me something. If I only wanted information I'd turn to non-fiction, but even in fiction I like some factual back story (and/or current knowledge). Sometimes that unfolds, and sometimes it is told, but I always like to feel "smarter" for having read things. Michener might have been a little extreme for me, but he seemed to have quite a following despite a highly academic tone. Even in more contemporary books like Seabiscuit there are paragraphs of well written knowledge. As I trim my novel, I have cut out 90% of the telling of knowledge, but there are things I think are important to understanding the book that some are telling me to ditch. (Heck there are even the answers to 2 great trivia questions embedded) I also want to preface that I am writing for a demographic that is probably over 35. If people liked Newmoon, they might be disappointed. I get that...they are not my demographic. My question is, how much "knowledge" seems to be absorbable (yes, I think I made that word up) in today's fiction? EX. Duncan couldn't help but notice the pragmatism of Vermonters. The only New England state that wasn’t one of the original thirteen colonies on the Declaration of Independence, the Green Mountain State still managed to have its own notoriety in the Revolutionary War with the Ethan Allen and the Green Mountain boys. They took both sides of the conflict by surprise with their knowledge of the land and more importantly, their valor. Despite a lack of resources, their gumption was a deciding factor in several battles, but most notably when they captured Fort Ticonderoga in 1775 and at the Battle of Bennington in 1777. (Which, by the way was not fought in Bennington, but rather 10 miles northwest in Waloomsac, New York.) (There were actually two more sentences here that I cut) It was due to this kind of grittiness that many of the old Vermonters derived their reputation of being “tough old birds”. Thoughts?