Recently, I confessed to not reading prologues. I’m not sure when I stopped reading them, but I believe it was in my late teens. Why? From what I can remember, I thought they were boring and unnecessary to the story. In my mind, they kept me from getting to the story, stalled my progress, and that was something I was unwilling to do, particular if I really wanted to read the book.
It’s been so long since I read a prologue, that I truly can’t remember if those books in the 70s and 80s had boring prologues. In some cases, they were merely information dumps, something the author couldn’t creatively inject into the story.
Or perhaps it was the books I was reading, not the period. Maybe the books were written in the 60s or 50s or before then. I can’t say.
If I don’t read prologues, who else doesn’t. Surely I can’t be the only one on the planet who skips them. I’ve created a poll to gather information to help me and other self-published authors decide what to add to their books. These polls are for fiction books only.
- Prologue: a separate introduction section of a literary or musical work
- Preface: an introduction to a book, typically stating its subject, scope, or aim
- Forward: a short introduction to a book, typically by a person other than the author
Thank you for sharing your thoughts. I hope we all learn something from this exercise.