There’s a huge debate about whether to add a prologue into your novel or not. I’ve read where a lot of agents say they immediately disregard books that have a prologue, but there are a lot of published and popular books that do have one. What do I do? I, mean, seriously. Do I put in a prologue and hope I find an agent who is okay with it, or do I skip out on it completely in order to more likely get published?
My first ever finished novel (which is oddly enough still in the revision process after nearly 6 years) had a prologue. Then it didn’t. Then it did. Now, I’m not sure if it will or not when I get back to revising it.
The prologue is a pertinent story to the overall plot of the novel. It could be revealed throughout the novel through dialogue, flashbacks, etc. Or, I can suck it up and use it as a prologue. But, if I’m honest, I feel like it needs to be the prologue. Can I use it though given what A LOT of agents say about prologues? Does it weaken my novel or strengthen it?
In my opinion, it strengthens it. Of course, I’m kind of partial, but the story that I told in this particular novel needed to be told, and I wanted it first-hand. I couldn’t do that in revealing what happened in the middle of the novel. So, as it stands, I’m pretty sure the prologue will stay in that novel. Blogging must be my way in “talking it out.”
But what about others? I don’t know. Read Me Dead doesn’t have a prologue. It doesn’t need one. My current WIP – I don’t know. I want to add one in but I don’t want to it to be too Twilight. You know, where Bella says something that happens at the end of the novel. It’s almost identical. I’m not going to rant and rave about Twilight. In fact, I found the books entertaining but not all that OMG EDWARD!!!!! stuff.
I won’t discuss Twilight. I won’t discuss Twilight. I won’t discuss Twilight.
Back to prologues now. What’s your opinion? Do you like them? Hate them? Use them? Any advice for this prologue-addled writer?