So, I've been working on my novel recently, a lot, and it basically is set (the first part at least) in 2001, following the lives of several people who's lives have been affected by events that happened in the early 80's by their parents/family. I'm constantly dropping in little tidbits of flashback style prose, and characters bringing up the past and alluding to incidents past. Now I'm thinking, would it not make more sense to set the first part of the novel BACK then, and tell the events that led to the situations that the characters in 2001 find themselves? There's plenty of scope for content, but then it might seem repetative when the characters in 2001 start whining and talking about their past (depending on the character, one's a little bit of an EMO). Would it complicate things too much? Plus, at heart I'm a lazy bugger, and writing things set in the early eighties would require a lot of research on top of the stuff I'm having to do now (thank god I have access to a University Law Library is all I'm saying). But I don't know, would it improve it, or just lead to a whole lot of trouble for no effort?