There is a lot of information for and against prologues. I do however get the feeling, more are against it. So I was wondering if the prologue I have written is really necessary.
Why use a prologue:
- To set a mood or tone for the book.
- To hook interest, in order to pull the reader into the novel.
- To establish a unique setting before the story really gets going
- To introduce an element that you wrap up in the epilogue.
- To recap events if the book is a series and the reader needs a reminder of events prior to this story.
Why not use a prologue:
- Some say a majority of readers skip the prologue and a lot of editors don’t like them.
- If the information you are sharing in the prologue is not really necessarily told in a prelude. You could call it chapter one (ore include it in chapter one).
- If it doesn’t attract the reader, it’s useless. So is it interesting enough to keep your reader going?
The first scene of chapter one in my H7even-project, describes the MC trying to escape a hotel room. She had a celebratory party for her getting a new job. The prologue discribes her at the job interview and tries to pronounce her motivation. I can’t shake the feeling this prologue might be really needed. But I’m still doubting. I’d love to hear your thoughts about the use of a prologue