a narrative providing a history or background context, especially for a character or situation in a literary work, film, or dramatic series.
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How to use backstory in a sentence
It’s a crime seemingly unbefitting of a gentleman thief until we get the backstory of the woman’s treasures, which include a rare Fabergé egg.‘Lupin’ is a thrilling heist series, but it goes deeper than that | Bethonie Butler | January 21, 2021 | Washington Post
Penelope has a backstory befitting a high-society gossip columnist — after all, her nickname is literally Pen.‘Bridgerton’ dropped several clues about Lady Whistledown’s identity. Did they add up? | Bethonie Butler | January 6, 2021 | Washington Post
Although we don’t get much backstory on Kylie’s relationship with her mom and stepdad, the tension they greet each other with upon her return home lingers for most of the movie.One Good Thing: Housebound is the perfect horror comedy for the perpetually quarantined | Aja Romano | December 31, 2020 | Vox
All of this backstory makes Citizen Kane look like a needling act of revenge, and a profoundly surgical one, calculated to dissect Hearst’s greatest weaknesses on a big screen for everyone to see.The tangled history behind David Fincher’s Mank — and its link to Citizen Kane — explained | Alissa Wilkinson | December 4, 2020 | Vox
When she was 10, she landed on a radio show run by Cas Walker, a raccoon hunter-turned-grocery store magnate, because everyone in the Dollyverse has a colorful backstory.‘Dolly Parton, Songteller’ is a gold mine of little-seen photos and personal anecdotes | Allison Stewart | November 30, 2020 | Washington Post
We spent a lot of time creating a backstory for our “Man” played by David Logan Rankin.Nitehawk Shorts Festival: ‘Brute,’ a Twisted Take on Playing in the Dark | Julia Grinberg | November 28, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
If this sounds a lot like the Abu Nazir backstory, well, it should.‘Homeland’ Season 4: A Stripped-Down and Surprisingly Badass Return to Form | Marlow Stern | September 30, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
We are left with stalwart genres (action, rom com) and classic roles (prude, seductress, jock, backstory-less best friend).
A dial-in audio guide (888-763-8839) gives you the backstory behind the bizarre displays.
I was wondering if you had constructed some kind of backstory for him.The Great Character Actor: Guy Pearce on His Brilliant Career, From ‘Priscilla’ to ‘The Rover’ | Richard Porton | May 23, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
British Dictionary definitions for back story
the events which take place before, and which help to bring about, the events portrayed in a film
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