I've been reading articles on whether or not writers should use a prologue. I gotta say, there's not a lotta love out there for the prologue. =P
As a reader I never thought much of them, I just considered them part of the book. As a writer I agonized over adding one and eventually decided I wouldn't...only to finish writing the book and have a flash of inspiration for what I thought would be a great prologue.
Now I'm reading all these comments from prologue haters who say they don't even bother reading them and that most prologues should just be re-labeled "Chapter 1".
Whoa...wait a minute. If a writer takes the time to write a prologue and feels that it is integral enough to the plot to include one...shouldn't it be read? Would readers skip over any other chapters of the book they're reading? I just don't get that. I don't understand what's so bad about a prologue...sure, not all of them are masterpieces, but neither are all novels. ;o)
No matter what the majority of the writing community says about them, I like my prologue. I think it shows a taste of the action to come and gives the reader a hint of the connection my MC will be making with another character. Does it have to be included? I guess I could chop it off and the story would remain unharmed---a lot of the anti-prologue sentiment has me thinking maybe that's what I should do---but I like it and I want it to stay.
What do you think about prologues? Are they frowned upon? And if so, why do so many best-selling titles have them?