I was told by a couple of readers that my characters do not have enough background introduction and I tend to throw them right into the events, where the reader doesn't know anything about these people or who they are. I kind if intended it that way though, as the reveal of who the characters are, are surprises that come later, so if I were to go into background detail, I feel it would give too much away. Other characters, I just like throwing them into the 'inciting event', because I thought I would have the inciting event as the opening hook, rather than introduce the characters first, and have the event come later. The two readers who had a problem with it, both used the movie Die Hard as an example coincidentally, by saying in that movie, the main character has about 20 minutes of background introduction before putting him in the inciting event. Do you think an MC needs that much time for the reader to care about him as a character, or can you throw the MC into an inciting event, and they could still care, or at least be interested in what is going to happen, if they find the event itself intriguing? Or do readers prefer to be compelled by characters first and foremost before events? Also how much background do other characters needs before putting them into the event? To still use Die Hard as an example, McClane's wife is also given probably about at least 10 minutes of background before the event, and the villain is given none at all, and starts out in the event as his first appearance. But even if I decide to open with the inciting event as the hook, and go into character background later on, how much backstory time is needed? I am writing a screenplay, and the way I have it now, is that it's kind of structured the opposite of Die Hard, where the first 20 minutes of time, is all plot and events pretty much. Then about 20 minutes in, MC is given background time, with a flashback to his personal life even, once things quiet down. The villain is not given any background hardly, cause she is a mystery character at this point. But what do you think? Is doing an opposite structure perhaps not the way to go? Thanks for the input. I really appreciate it.