Let’s Talk Bookish – Prologues and Epilogues: Are they Necessary?

Hi everyone, I hope you are all doing well! As it is once again Friday, it is time for another Let’s Talk Bookish edition. Let’s Talk Bookish is a weekly meme hosted by Rukky @ Eternity Books and Dani @ Literary Lion. This weeks topic is all about prologues and epilogues!

What’s the difference between having something as a prologue vs. a chapter 1?

I think the purpose of having an event included as a prologue gives some historical context to the events of the book and what has led up to the point that we join the story. It is especially true if the book is an epic or high fantasy as the prologue is typically used to show what caused the war or what caused the character to be in the predicament they have got themselves into at the start of the book. I don’t like it if the prologue is labelled as that but is just chapter 1 in disguise; I don’t see the point of that. The most recent book that I’ve read with a good prologue was The Prison Healer by Lynette Noni; Lynette Noni used the prologue to tell the reader how Kiva ended up in prison before the story started.

Is it too much to have both a prologue and epilogue? How does having one (or both) affect how readers perceive the story?

I personally don’t think it is too much to have both a prologue and epilogue in one book because they both serve different purposes. I think a prologue can be brilliant for worldbuilding and can pull the reader straight into the action, which I love. I think an epilogue is brilliant for finishing off a book and pulling together any possible loose ends. I don’t think that I have seen many books that contain both a prologue and an epilogue, but I am sure they are out there.I don’t think that it changes my perception of the story because sometimes it is necessary to have both elements but they do not involve the main character so it may not be appropriate for them to be in the main bulk of the text.

I wasn’t sure what else to put for this topic as I am very much onboard with both prologues and epilogues! Let me know what you think about them both in the comments.

One thought on “Let’s Talk Bookish – Prologues and Epilogues: Are they Necessary?

  1. I agree I like prologues in fantasy when they set the tone or explain how the chain of events started that led up to the beginning of the story. I never really thought much about prologues or epilogues before this topic but now I’ll have to pay more attention to when books have them haha!

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