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Re: a question on length

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Re: a question on length

Postby MookyMcD » Sun Apr 13, 2014 11:49 am

Good point. There are also things writers may think readers need to know that turn out to be things readers don't even care about. I've seen my share of extraneous worldbuilding that seemed to have nothing to do with moving the story forward at all.

Another flipside example, though, is Pratchett. I just finished Going Postal, and he works every element of the society, structure, magic, politics, economy, and everything else in a fictional world in through his narrative. He has a prologue, but it's a murder. Brilliantly done.

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Re: a question on length

Postby DrG2 » Sun Apr 13, 2014 1:36 pm

Prologues have gotten a bad name, justifiably. But not all prologues are bad. If you have to give some information that is disjoint to the main story - - in time or place - - and you want to tell it first, a prologue is where it has to go.

It's another one of those things that someone said is bad, and then everyone else just joined in. Like passive voice, etc.

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Re: a question on length

Postby cynfranks » Sun Apr 13, 2014 2:49 pm

Ask yourself, "What would Dickens do?"



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