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So, what shall we talk about?
Prologues--who said that? Okay, fine with me.
The prologue, according to Merriam-Webster, is "the preface or introduction to a literary work." Hmm... Okay. I don't see anything in that to create dissension, do you? However, dissension there is. In this blog it started with me learning how to spell dissension, because I had it all wrong, but that's probably a little off the subject.
It seems to be kind of a hotbed of a subject. Personally, I like'em. I watch for them. I go back and read them to connect them to the rest of the story and enjoy the "aha" of getting it. I've met very few of them I didn't like for a couple of key reasons. (1) It's about the writing for me more than the story. (2) I like a setup, a foyer that's going to let me know whether the house I'm entering is going to be comfortable or not. If there's a pretty little attention-getter right inside the front door, it grabs my interest.
But I know not everyone does like them. There are people who think they're lazy writing and readers who skip them altogether. I was disdained once because I said I thought they were fun to write and read. The person in question didn't think fun was a good enough reason for writing anything. As we all know, I am a product of the 1960s--fun is a good enough reason for anything that doesn't hurt anyone.
When I started writing this, I did some looking around on the subject and discovered other people had covered it better than I could hope to, so I'll put a few links here, starting with Kristen Lamb's blog, which was so good I almost gave up before I started. Bang2Write just tells you not to, but it gives you good reasons why.
As I researched, I found more evidence against the prologue than for it. Mine was the only testimony that seemed to consider "fun" a viable reason for one. So here are today's questions. I hope you weigh in on them. Do you like prologues? Why or why not?