Sage advice regarding prologues. I’ve never thought the prologue was the author’s best writing but only something that primes the pump. Most prologues can be integrated into the story piecemeal.
Some people love them. Some people hate prologues. Some skip them. Agents don’t like them, apparently.
Personally, I don’t like prologues that have only tangential relevance to the story, and I don’t like infodumps. Some people love a good six page history lesson. Some people might love tangential prologues too, though I have never come across anyone who publicly stated it.
If a prologue is interesting and relevant, I have absolutely no problem with it. I have even written one or two.
This post is not really about the virtue of prologues. It is about the lack of virtue of a certain piece of advice related to them. It runs something like this:
A writer walks into a bar and says to the barman, “I want to keep my book’s prologue but, if I do, my book will never get an agent. Prologues have gone out of fashion like the letter thorn.”
The barman scratches his head…
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