In Praise of the Vilified Prologue: Top 10 Novels with Prologues

Cindy Fazzi

Loving Frank Photo-Cindy Fazzi “Loving Frank” by Nancy Horan is a great example of a book with an effective prologue.

In Elmore Leonard’s famous 10 rules for writing, the second rule is: Avoid prologues. “They can be annoying,” he wrote. “A prologue in a novel is back story, and you can drop it in anywhere you want.”

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  1. Hi LaTanya. Thanks for visiting my blog. Always nice to hear from you!

  2. mandy

    This is great. I had an editor who refused to allow me a Prologue–“NO one reads prologues” said she. I let her go. I’m so glad. I love prologues!

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