I spent some time looking for this answer, but I couldn’t find an appropriate one. In a story, do you appreciate it when an author tries to summarise a complicated sequence / plot line after it has happened? Particularly in a fast moving action scene when things come hard and fast in short tight paragraphs.
Usually, this happens in a “think-back” by a protagonist trying to make sense of what just happened before he decides his next course of action. It’s usually not necessary for the advancement of the plot, but I see a lot of writers using it, sort of like a milestone to recap and move on. Usually this involves asking a lot of questions, that might be an attempt to engage the reader.
So my question – Is this considered crappy filler content, or is it natural to engage the reader in the thought process of solving the issue at hand. It doesn’t move the plot, nothing happens in the story, it’s just a mini-storyline in the head of the protagonist recapping the last series of events.
I’ve seen it work sometimes, but I’ve also seen it fail utterly, even in bestsellers. Seems to work best for mysteries (getting into the head of the investigator) but complicated stories like Sci-Fi and Fantasy uses a lot of it as well. What are your thoughts. Would you include them into your own story ?