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Prologues - Do you Read them?

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Offline T. R. Robinson Reading
27 Oct 2018, 02:42 PM | Post: #1

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Prologues - Do you Read them?

Authors are constantly told to pay due attention to the front and back matter in their books. I am therefore trying to gain some idea on how readers view these elements. To that end I am undertaking a short series of quick surveys. Todays is regarding how readers perceive prologues. I appreciate this forum is for authors but authors should also be readers so input from you as a reader would be appreciated. The survey will only take 10-20 seconds of your valuable time to complete. Once results of all the surveys have been analysed I propose to write an article based upon them that will hopefully assist us all as authors. At the very least it should give some idea of what readers expect.
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Offline Jan Hurst-Nicholson Reading Haven't got a Kindle. A big pile of books.
28 Oct 2018, 02:26 PM | Post: #2

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RE: Prologues - Do you Read them?

I think I should answer here rather than the survey as the survey does not allow for explanations. I do not generally read prologues as I want to get on with the story. When I did read a prologue I discovered that the prologue was actually the penultimate chapter and it ruined the story (I did stop reading the book when I realised this). From then on I didn't read prologues. But, I have gone back and skimmed a couple of prologues and found I hadn't really missed anything. However, when I went back to read the prologue of Forever Amber (which is a two book series) I discovered I had missed a vital piece of information. Not knowing this didn't actually spoil my enjoyment of the books but would have made the ending even more frustrating had I known Amber's heritage.  
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Offline T. R. Robinson Reading
03 Nov 2018, 05:39 PM | Post: #3

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RE: Prologues - Do you Read them?

(28 Oct 2018 02:26 PM)Jan Hurst-Nicholson Wrote: Wrote:  I think I should answer here rather than the survey as the survey does not allow for explanations. I do not generally read prologues as I want to get on with the story. When I did read a prologue I discovered that the prologue was actually the penultimate chapter and it ruined the story (I did stop reading the book when I realised this). From then on I didn't read prologues. But, I have gone back and skimmed a couple of prologues and found I hadn't really missed anything. However, when I went back to read the prologue of Forever Amber (which is a two book series) I discovered I had missed a vital piece of information. Not knowing this didn't actually spoil my enjoyment of the books but would have made the ending even more frustrating had I known Amber's heritage.  
Hope this helps.Kindle Smile
Thank you for your observations Jan. I appreciate the survey is minimal however, because many complain of shortness of time availability, I chose to keep the survey basic so it would not take very long to complete. You are not the only now to have commented about this. Once I have the results of this and a couple of other surveys in, and have had time to analyse them, I shall be publishing an article on the topic. Into this I shall incorporate the findings from comments such as yours, which I am collating. The survey simply provides an overall perspective to help determine how readers generally view prologues. If you have the time I would appreciate you also completing the survey. I shall add your comments to my list. Regards, T.R.

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