Asked • 08/02/19

When is a prologue useful?

Prologues tend to get a bad rap on the internet, and sometimes for good reason. They're often used by as an excuse to start a novel with an info-dump. However, it seems to me that people often criticize prologues, but rarely explain when they are useful. Many published books have prologues that add to the story.So, what are the criteria for a good prologue? What clues might indicate a bad prologue, or one that should be cut completely? (If you can, cite an example that illustrates your answer.)

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Heather L. answered • 08/03/19

Experienced Literacy, Critical Thinking and Composition Teacher

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