For all the readers out there -- I'm curious. What is your opinion about opening a book with a prologue? Is it a good idea or a bad idea, or does it just depend upon the prologue? Do you skip reading the prologue? If so, why? Does a prologue turn you off? Why is this an issue?
I dont know why people skip prolouges... It depends on the book I guess. For some prolouges they don't make sense at all and I might deside to skip it, but usually I do read the prolouge. I sometimes find prolouges pretty intresting and how they actually tie into the book. :D I don't know if that helped.
Thank you. I'm really interested in how readers treat prologues. I think prologues act as a hook. I enjoy them. If I don't find one interesting in a book, then I probably won't like the rest of the book either.
I agree. I expect the prologue to hook me!
You're absolutely correct. A good prologue is a great tool to draw a reader into the story quickly. It makes you want to dive into chapter One and get going.
I don't think I've read a novel where the prologue wasn't necessary. To me, it's just like another chapter. Sometimes there's a vital key or hint to the story in there and you won't understand until you finish the novel and then I go back and say, "Oh, that's what that meant!" So I think it can be a clever way to sneak some information in there, sort of get the reader intrigued about the story.
Your feelings are a lot like mine. The prologue in Water for Elephants includes a vital key.
I think it depends on the prologue. I think I like when they go back to their childhoods the best.
I like it when childhoods are part of the prologue, too.
HI Roberta. I like a good prologue as long as it adds to the story but they are not needed. Sometimes I've read prologues that take away from the story. Here is a good article on it: http://www.foremostpress.com/authors/articles/prologue.html
Hope this helps. Thanks!
Thank you so much for this article!
I read all prologues on the assumption that, if the author put it there, it's important to the story. Many "prologues" should simply be renamed "Chapter 1." In my opinion, a prologue should be different in time and/or place, but closely related to the main story. A brief setting-of-the-stage, so to speak. Not all books need a prologue. A great opening line accomplishes so much more than an unnecessary prologue.