Prologues - Good, bad, or indifferent?



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    Mowgli
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    Default Prologues - Good, bad, or indifferent?

    I love prologues. I usually read that, plus the blurb and the first page before buying a book. I've heard a lot of authors comment that they don't think prologues are a good thing. So what do you think? In choosing a book that has a prologue does it influence you or do you simply skip that and jump straight into the book?
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    Most of the time I read them because it gives me a better understanding of the book.

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    Indifferent. Sometimes they add to the book, sometimes they don't. It really depends on the author's execution.

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    Thank you, Poodlemom and Sunshinejenn03. Love that avatar, and I love the quote at the bottom. Food for thought actually on characterization.

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    Quote Originally Posted by poodlemom View Post
    Most of the time I read them because it gives me a better understanding of the book.
    I agree with this. It gives you a good background and starting point, and then you can jump right in!

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    When used right I really like them. I have read a few that seemed like the author was writing a completely different story and it really didn't fit.
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    I'm a fan, but there has to be a purpose. It seems to work really well setting up a tale or mystery. The good ones, give you some insight as to the story, and then by the time you read enough to catch up to that point in time, it all comes together. In summary, I like them, but not for all books.

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    I don't mind prologues at all. I've heard that complaint by others, too, about not liking them, and I really don't get why (as long as the writing is good, at least!) I think they can be a good way of getting a reader hooked or giving some important hints, etc.

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    I LOVE prologues. Always have, always will.

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    I personally prefer to open a book and start reading the story immediately, hoping that I'll pick up what it's about pretty quickly. But if there's prologue I'll read it. In most cases I find they work to make me want to start on the main part of the book even sooner. So I guess, where they're done well, they work.

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