Personally, I love prologues. They get you right into the action whether it was in the past or something exciting that is to come. But that’s exactly why most agents’ blogs I’ve read say not to use them. Paraphrasing…“If you need a prologue, then your story must not be strong enough…”
Hmm…well, I like them, and I use them. But I’m curious what readers think, and I’d love you to weigh in. AND, if you have some great examples, please leave the title in the comment section.
Now…here’s what I’ve noticed.
Plenty of bestselling books have used them, even though they aren’t always called prologues. Same diff in my opinion. My biggest example is ‘Twilight’. If that little blurb wasn’t in the beginning, I don’t think I would have made it through the first chapter.
How about movies? I don’t watch a lot. But I’ve started to notice how many have “prologues”. I also don’t have cable, but I have NetFlix, and hubby has just started watching ‘Breaking Bad’. Okay…I am too. And I NEVER watch TV. But the show is like a train wreck; you simply can’t look away.
Anyway, every show has a prologue, something that will make sense midway through the forty-seven minute episode.
And since it’s sitting on my desk, I looked and noticed that Nicholas Sparks used a prologue in his bestselling book, ‘The Last Song’, which I loved by the way. Great book for teens. Did I ever mention I have a bad case of AADD? I do…sorry…back to the blog.
So if bestselling authors and blockbuster movies use them, why are they considered to be no-no’s with aspiring authors?
Again, this question is going out to the community of writers, agents, publishers, and especially readers. I really want your thoughts.
About me... My stories all have prologues. The first one in She Belongs to Me is probably way too long and should have been the first chapter, but that's how we learn. The rest are short and are just used to set up the story. Please check them out and see for yourself. :) All my stories are available in print and eBook formats at your favorite retailer. You can download my mini-mysteries with a paranormal edge absolutely FREE or start with my romantic-suspense bestseller She Belongs to Me for only .99 cents. From there, all my stories are priced 'less than a latte', so READ UP and enjoy!
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