So my WIP is an urban fantasy hidden world type story, in the vein of something like Angel or True Blood. Set in the modern day, with a society of people with supernatural connections of generally familiar sorts living in secret amongst the 'normal' world. The MC, Sarah, starts out as a 'normal' person before coming involved in the hidden world, discovering latent powers. An obvious concern with this is that this is a very familiar, and arguably tired, plotline, and a lot of people may feel turned off by it. A lot of other people quite like this sort of thing, but I don't just want to make more of the same and ride off appealing to the most rabid genre fans, but make something worthwhile and a little different. Additionally, I am making an effort to have this world be more organised and orderly than many hidden worlds which seem to have no real rules, and the main cast won't be renegades or loners either but very much part of the system, ending up involved in the law enforcement of this society. Which I think is good for making things stand out and potentially be more interesting, except that it actually makes it harder to just throw my MC into things, instead calling for a potentially long and not particularly interesting transition were they train and go through recruitment procedure before getting into it. I feel tempted to make Sarah already introduced to the hidden world as of the start of the story so I don't have to do so much work to get her involved, and then completely skip all the 'I'm just an ordinary girl' crap. But then I also have more dramatic effects of the character's emerging powers in mind and like the idea of mixing it up with the character's mental health issues and following along as the character comes to terms with it. And I do have most of the other characters be very much involved already so maybe it's good to show both? So, in order to preserve this transformation plotline, I've been thinking about what I could do to make the character's introduction more interesting. It's a subject that requires a lot of delving into the story really, so I don't expect anyone to just tell me what to do, but I was wondering what people generally think about the subject. I want to get an idea of what people like and don't like. What really sets apart stories that introduce their characters into the hidden world and handle it well from those that don't? What sorts of things do people find more interesting? Perhaps things you haven't seen that you would like to see done? What things do people not like, that I should avoid? Is it more important to throw characters into things quickly and avoid any stale clutter, or is it more important to actually explore the journey and its consequences? Those that don't usually like this sort of story, what don't you like about them? Is there anything that could be changed vs the usual plotlines so it might actually interest you? Any thoughts would be appreciated. Thanks for reading.