I tend to get lost in histories and such things, and I'm writing a story about one dude and his experiences. How much character building do I need to do for characters that the main character is in contact with. Do I include extra background for the sake of knowing the character? Example: Main Character-Thomas. Thomas is going home after a bad day. He runs into his landlord, who reminds him rent is due. Thomas may speak to this fellow twice more. He doesn't really know him, outside of the "landlord" role. Does the reader need to be informed that the landlord is an avid sports fan, likes the color green and thinks Posh Spice is the hottest woman in history? I didn't write any of that in, but I have gotten VERY mixed reviews of the story so far. (around 3000 words so far) Some want action action action. Some like description of scenes and thoughts and such. I need to introduce a mentor and a love interest, as well, but I don't want to "follow" those characters either. They will be more permanent characters, but just how much does the reader need to know? Should the knowledge be conveyed through Thomas' experiences with them or through narrative?