Hi, My main character is very much a fish out of the water in my setting - familiar character in alien setting, not vice versa - so the reader needs as much explanation about the world as the MC does. However, I noticed that many of my dialogues are kinda one-sided: usually some other character explaining stuff to the MC, who then bases his actions on the knowledge given. That kinda turns him into a "dumb tourist" type character, I'm afraid. Many things can be shown instead of told, but there's a limit to that too. The story is a journey of enlightenment, but too many mentor characters makes any story flat, turning it into a school book. Any suggestions on how to get around this pattern? I guess the fish Nemo in Pixar's "Finding Nemo" animation is very much a "dumb tourist" type character - all his actions are based on what other fish tells him. But in this movie I guess it works because Nemo is just a kid, lost in the big world. In my story, using an adult MC, he seems to be more of a pawn.