I don't really like debates or flaming wars. So I am usually cautious about the 'hot' topics that I post about. But I found one that I just could help but commenting on.
So I have heard that 50% or readers don't read prologues. Here is the thing though. I did an internet search and have talk to several people. In all the polls that I have scene the ratio seems much lower. More like 10%. I asked myself where did this statistic come from? I can find no evidence of any study or poll that has been done that matches this number.
Please, if I am mistaken point me to the source of such an elusive statement.
I have also heard that agents don't like prologues. So I did some internet research on that topic as well.
I found that it is not prologues that are bad - but that poorly written prologues (like anything that is poorly written) are bad.
And here are some references to support my claims:
http://carlywatters.com/2011/08/15/the-dreaded-prologue/ (mentions not to include a prologue - but then look at this post! http://carlywatters.com/tag/prologue/)
http://davidpowersking.blogspot.com/2012/02/aspiring-advice-problems-with-prologues.html - Loved this post by the way!
If you have other information/personal experience please share. As for me, I am going to believe that prologues are just like any other part of a book. Good if done right. Unless of course there is someone that can show me proof to the contrary.
Take away truth. Just because prologues are hard to do right - does not mean you should avoid them. If you believe that - then why are you writing? Writing is hard to do right too.