Is it a bad to introduce your book with scenes taking place years before the main conflict of your story? I want to show the scenes because I really want to put more power behind my MCs desire. I know that ideally you want to throw little fragments of background information in the story naturally and as briefly as possible, but I just want to have a real strong power right from the beginning behind my characters motivations. I haven't read a novel that does this (or if I have I forget now) but two movies that have done it well are Braveheart and Batman Begins, but obviously movies are completely different. So that's my question, is it a good or a bad idea to do 1-3 chapters in my characters past and then do a time skip to present day. Are there any alternatives?