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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  51xPHwS9JdL__SX297_BO1,204,203,200_Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander is best read by the flicker of a fireplace, a cup of English tea and a warm throw over one’s knees. I read Outlander years ago and now that the series has come to the TV screen, I’ve begun reading the series again. Honestly, I think it is even better the second time around. And it doesn’t take away a thing from the novel that I now have flesh and blood characters to inhabit the protagonists. And what characters they are.

If you haven’t read Diana’s novels, then you are missing a wonderful historical romance, filled with heart pounding adventure and a love story that transcends time and place. So don’t wait. Grab a cup of tea, light a candle if you don’t have a fireplace and settle down on a cold fall afternoon or evening and get ready to inhabit Scotland and those very interesting kilts!