This upset me. First of all, I'm tired of blanket rules. I think most things "depend." And I happen to be someone who loves prologues. Okay, not a bad one. But if it is bad, I won't read it and I probably won't read the book either. It's probably a bad book. My friend says she skips prologues all together. I don't understand that.
"Water for Elephants" has a great prologue. Without the prologue, this book will miss something. My prologue is where my story begins. It is backstory in the sense that I then jump ten years forward where I continue. I didn't want to include my opening as a flashback scene.
I took my concern to Book Blogs and someone sent me a link to an article about prologues. It is a thoughtful article as opposed to the one from Writers Digest. Here is the link for those of you who are interested:
So my question to anyone who cares to tell me what they think is, What is your opinion about prologues?