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1. The experiences of a character or the circumstances of an event that occur before the action or narrative of a literary, cinematic, or dramatic work: At rehearsal, the actors developed backstories for their characters.
2. The set of background conditions and events leading to a real-life situation.
3. A prequel.


n, pl -ries
(Film) the events which take place before, and which help to bring about, the events portrayed in a film


(ˈbækˌstɔr i, -ˌstoʊr i)
n., pl. -ries.
the background of a real or fictional story or situation; prior circumstances or events.
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I would love to see even more backstories [for] all of us women in the crew [in Season 2] because we've only just scratched the surface there," Preston, who plays Polly on the show, told (http://www.
The need for satisfying backstories becomes especially apparent when Leilah and her swift-moving minions join the fray.
The narrator of Brazilian writer Joao Gilberto Noll's Atlantic Hotel tears his way through Brazil, adopting personas and crafting backstories to suit whatever he sets his sights on, until his wandering and deception place him in a situation where he is unable to slink away.
The problem is neither Bobby nor Stig know that the other is also working undercover, having given each other made-up backstories.
However, this year, as always, Oscar voters have two contradictory mandates: To listen to the backstories, and to ignore them.
More backstory into Penny's life before the accident, as well as the backstories of her friends would have helped progress the novel.
Kep, a 36-year-old photographer and film librarian, has a Cambodian father and a Moroccan mother, and one of the more improbable backstories in Israel and Cambodia, two nations certainly not wanting for improbable backstories.
What drives Watson is elementary - it's covering athletes, particularly those who aren't on the pro level, is finding the backstories that create the more memorable experiences connecting with the viewers.
To read That's My Story and I'm Sticking to It is to get the behind-the-scenes details or backstories to all of Spike Lee's films.
This issue features the backstories and the best strategies from 2005's top planners," said BiZBash editor in chief Chad Kaydo.
Their backstories and upbringing were so 'exotic' and unusual that some people fretted that they may not grow up into 'psychologically healthy' adults.
Younge tirelessly tracks down the backstories behind each shooting, speaking to victims' friends and families but also widening out his account into an examination of the underlying issues.