Soooo... I've been talking about my writing with my boyfriend a lot lately. My current WIP is a fantasy novel that I plan to make into a trilogy (if I can ever lay it out properly). It has a pretty detailed back story and a few major plot points that I know I'm going to include. But since I've been struggling to determine what each book is going to contain (as discussed in another thread), I've been talking to him about it, trying to get ideas from a fellow fantasy lover. Well, the other night, he told me that my back story and my story itself is "too complicated" and that I should simply it as not to confuse people. Like I said, my back story is pretty detailed. But I don't plan on revealing that until at least the end of the first book, probably not even until the second or third. And even then, I'm only going to reveal parts at a time, not all at once. I also have a few major twists, one per novel. But the thing that he finds the most confusing is, I have over 20 races that I created for the story. There are only a few races that will be prominent in my story, and most of the rest of them will only be met in passing. I know what some of you are going to say... A complicated story only doesn't work if it's written wrong. And I agree. My boyfriend hasn't read anything (because nothing is written), he's just going off of what I've told him. But it still makes me worry. Since I know there's no "set number" of twists a novel can have before it becomes confusing... How should I handle a critique like this? Should I reevaluate my story and simplify it? Or should I just work my butt off to make sure I write it correctly?