The purpose of a prologue
Posted 07 March 2012 - 06:31 PM
I agree with you that these miniature prequels can sometimes seem out of place in modern times. More often than not, reading a prologue isn't necessary for the comprehension of the main novel, and it certainly isn't needed for enjoying the book as a whole. I would say go back and read the prologue only if you desire to gain more appreciation for a book you love, or if you are required to.
Posted 09 March 2012 - 04:49 AM
Heck, you may not even notice, but there are forms of prologues in everything from your favorite television show to that movie you saw last night. The first 10 minutes of any movie, used to establish the tone, is a prologue. Most television shows open with scenes that set up the rest of the show, or sitcoms that have scenes that have nothing to do with the rest of the show, but introduces the audience to characters and settings.
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