- The story feels less immediate because the connection with the protagonist is distanced
- There's a credibility problem: can we believe the character that is telling the story?
- Formatting can be difficult, especially when you have to use quotes inside quotes
13 July 2009
Stories within Stories
I've read several submissions recently that have featured a character telling a story about other characters. I find that this technique rarely works in the short story form, either as a way of introducing backstory or as an alternate way of telling the primary story. A few problems are inherent in that technique: