Ask the Readers: Exposition

So, I have a writing question for all my lovely readers. We could even call it a debate of sorts, if it manages to come to that. In any case, I’m at a bit of a loss and could use some insight.

I’m in the planning phase of a fantasy novel involving some exposition that must be told to the protagonist by secondary characters. One thing I absolutely can’t stand reading is giant monologues of backstory speech, though this is usually the way that description and detail come across in exposition leaks. Is there a way to get the full literary meat out of someone else’s backstory (which is necessary in characterizing another key player in the story), without having that person vomit it all over me in an oversized speech bubble?

I’d love to hear your thoughts on this, so post them in the comments!

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