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?

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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.

Thank you so much for this article!

Thank you. 

Only write a prologue if it is necessary. There is no right or wrong about it. So the question is does your book need a prologue?

Agreed.

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