Am I the only person who skips prologues in novels? I’ve never really understood what they were for. There’s usually nothing in them that’s essential to understanding the plot, and I just want to get on to the real beginning of the story.
Recently, though, I’ve been experimenting with adding a prologue to the novel I’m working on. There’s quite a bit of moving around between different time periods in this novel (though it isn’t time travel or time slip) and the prologue establishes characters that aren’t part of the main, contemporary, narrative. It also (I hope) creates a greater sense of drama and mystery than the first chapter, which is when the story begins for the main characters. But it still would be possible to follow the story without reading the prologue. I don’t know, I might end up taking it out again.
Among today’s birthdays - King Richard II, born 1367, and Gustave Doré, born 1832. Yes, Doré was French, but he’s relevant because of his illustrations for London: A Pilgrimage, 1872. This is ‘Over London by Rail’. Search Google Images to see more.