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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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miritsu: Takarazuka Romeo and Julietmiritsu on April 3rd, 2011 01:16 pm (UTC)
I think of a prologue like a really long back cover blurb; it gives us information, sets up the main conflict of the story, shows us what's really going on, while Chapter One is about introducing our main character/the world the novel takes place in.

I don't think they're a bad idea at all; you can set up your world/conflict, then your main character, in a short space.
PaintedTeacherLadydivinitus on April 3rd, 2011 06:57 pm (UTC)
"... you can set up your world/conflict, then your main character, in a short space." - This is what I think I did, and I wasn't sure about it. My prologue is longer than I would like it, but perhaps as I mentioned in reply to others, I might work some of the content into the actual body of the story instead of just the prologue.

I've ready a few stories where the prologue is merely a favourite quotation or something that doesn't give much to the book, unless you are analysis the crap out of it. This was where I was getting confused about the prologues purpose.

Thanks for the reply!