Food For Thought: Introductions, Setups and Prologues


One of the things that I admit that I do when I read novels is skip the introduction (or prologue). I’m not saying that I don’t read it but just…most of the time not in the beginning. I just believe in jumping straight into the book. I don’t want a setup of ‘history’ for the novel. I want to read the synopsis and say “Hmm…I’d love to read this!” and then open to Chapter 1 and begin.

Often times I will go back and read the introduction (or prologue) after I’ve read the book or if I feel as if I’m missing something. This kind of counts me out sometimes because books that I’m very interested in might have prologues and I’m just like “AARRGGHHH!!!” and read it anyway. That said, Killing Floor by Lee Child (review book 2) has an introduction and no, I have not read it yet. I will, when I finish the novel. I did read the first sentence and it looks as if it’s just a missive from author to reader. No biggie. Don’t fault me for this, it’s just the way I work!

I just thought I’d share some thoughts with you so you guys don’t get bored waiting for me to finish a novel. That’s what this section is for! I’m a fast reader but I’d like to be able to take some time to form a great opinion and be able to write it as clear and concise as I can for you. That being said, I’ll at least do one book every week or two, depending on my schedule. I AM currently in the middle of my move to Florida and I only have four weeks left before I’m officially no longer in Kansas City but I’m sure I’ll be able to keep up the pace.

All in all, I hate introductions, prologues or any kind of preparation an author might give you in the beginning of the book. Just get to it! I’ll have to remember that though! I’ve written a few prologues and I always think to myself “Why not just make it Chapter 1?” So yes, if you ever read anything I’ve written feel free to wonder if that first Chapter had ever been a prologue.

Happy Reading


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