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Monday, April 18, 2011

P: Pseudo-Prologues

Prologues are bad. Or so they say.

A trend I've noticed in historical fiction is something I'm dubbing the pseudo-prologue (only because I wanted something with a double P for my title). Three of my favorite hist-fic novels--Water For Elephants by Sara Gruen, Exit the Actress by Priya Parmar, and Lady of the Butterflies by Fiona Mountain--all employ this nifty-neato tactic.

What is a pseudo-prologue? It takes a scene toward the end of the novel and makes it Chapter One. Eventually the same scene will reappear, but with some tweaking to make it new again instead of a la Groundhog Day. This worked in all three books to pique my interest--I had to know why that event had happened and how it would be resolved. And I was going to keep turning the pages until I found out.

My first novel had a very linear time frame and it worked well for that story. However, my current WIP is almost certainly going to employ the pseudo-prologue once I get to my first round of edits.

Have you ever used a pseudo-prologue? Or read any books with one?