One of my critical readers mentioned that she finds my alternate reality a little difficult to swallow. That's fair. The problem is how to explain it.
You see, this alternate reality takes place in the "modern" US, but it's not so modern. I've got 1000 years of history—not all of which has to be explained, I would say, or not up front—of royal history going back to the days of King Arthur, and a schism in the British royal family that eventually leads to one half taking over in the "new colonies". I'm not changing a whole lot of the real history (the civil war is pretty feasible; the revolution against the monarchy), but I have to somehow weave this rather huge and important fact into the first couple of chapters.
So, the question is, do I:
A. Throw in general expository information (*yawn*)?
B. Have my main character studying for an exam and reading a textbook (this is where the reader puts down the book or just sets it on fire)?
C. Let my main character et al have a study session for said exam (icky expository dialogue!)?
D. Dear spirits on high, please tell me you have some better suggestions for me?
Thank you for reading this choose your own adventure post. If you selected A, please turn to page 52. If you selected B, please turn to page 124. If you selected C, please shut your computer and never query again. If you selected D, THANK YOU!