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02 April 2011 @ 08:00 pm
To prologue, or not to prologue...  
How do you feel about prologues? Do you find them useful to engage readers right off the get-go? Or, do you find that they sometimes give away too much information, and you inevitably figure out what twist happens before you really should?

Ultimately, what you do feel is the goal of a prologue? And do you find they are used predominently in a particular genre?

The reason I ask is, I feel as though the novel I've been writing on and off for the past few years has started with one, but I'm not sure if I've utilized it to its full potential, or I'm just using it as a piss-poor chapter holder?

Secondly, if one prologues - is one obligated to epilogue too?

I'd love to hear your thoughts! ♥
 
 
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Laura: » i burned every bridge i ever builtthemongers on April 3rd, 2011 01:17 am (UTC)
I guess whenever I read a prologue, I expect to extract some sort of background information about what I'm about to read. Or, maybe the prologue could serve as a catalyst for the story? I think if it gives away important information that you would otherwise learn in the body of the story, then it's telling me too much.

I don't think one's obligated to an epilogue if they do a prologue though, and vice versa :) I've never held that expectation after reading a prologue, anyways.
PaintedTeacherLadydivinitus on April 3rd, 2011 06:49 pm (UTC)
Good point about giving away important information that could be found in the body of the work... I'll keep that in mind. :)

I don't feel as strongly for epilogues - I guess I feel that if the story is told correctly, there reallly isn't need for an epilogue.