By: Jami Gold
Prologues are hated by many editors and agents. Surprisingly, I’ve heard from readers who say they skip prologues too.
Granted, prologues have a bad reputation, but I don’t understand why readerswould buy a novel and then purposely skip some of it without even checking to see if it’s a “good” or “bad” prologue. Then again, I’ve written a story with a prologue, so I’m by no means anti-prologue. *smile*
Why Prologues Tend to Fail
Several great blog posts, like this one by blogger extraordinaire Janice Hardy, describe the issues with prologues. Prologues often deserve their bad reputation. Too many are:
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