I have to be honest, very few of the books I read have prologues. And these aren’t all post-2000 published books, they’re from about the last 30 years. Mostly. And even the rare book that does have a prologue, it really doesn’t. On several occasions an author has used a very intense scene from later in the story as the prologue and just left you with a cliffhanger to start. Sometimes this is apparent and others it is not.
Now I’m just wondering what more current writers are doing. Cause obviously I’m not able to read every book or author writing today, so my experience with a lack of prologues may or may not be the norm. But personally, I don’t know that a book having a prologue makes any difference to me. Here’s my process when I initially begin reading a book…
1. Make sure that the book follows my rules of reading.
2. Steal it away from my TBR shelf.
3. Read the back cover cause it’s likely been waiting to be read for months.
4. Start reading.
See, it’s simple. At no point in time do I want to be distracted by a prologue that I’m likely to forget.
Now ask me this question as a writer. Do I include a prologue before my stories? Ha. No. Obviously. The real question is, do you?