I’m starting this post in the opposite order of the title. A while ago I asked you guys to weigh in on the Great Prologue Debate. And you know what – your answers were all over the place. Generally most of you guys felt that prologues can serve a purpose (60% of the poll respondents felt prologues could be useful). Interestingly enough, several agents and editors on twitter have openly shared their opposite opinion on the value of a prologue.
For me, I agree with the 60% that said it depended on the story. Granted, most of the ones I’ve read were not needed for the story, but there are those few that really help set the scene.
To get a readers perspective on things, I informally asked several typical YA readers (since this is my genre) about prologues. More than half admitted that they don’t read the prologue. More than half! I was shocked. To me, that is a compelling reason enough to steer clear and find a way to wrap the information within the body of the storyline!
Now, as for the other topics – YA and college. An interesting question was asked on Twitter the other night, regarding a college aged MC in a YA novel. Every agent and editor participating the the conversation STRONGLY advised against this, stating that college-aged stories are hard sells in an already tenuous market.
So it got me thinking about my first trilogy. The MC is 17 – but she is in college. It i something that felt right when I wrote it, but has bugged me ever since. After the chat on Twitter I spoke with my trusted online buddies. They agreed with much of the conversation. So, what’s a girl to do? You guessed it – redo the setting and several components to the storyline. Internally, I know it is absolutely the right thing to do…but man-oh-man it’s going to take a while.
Oh well, must do what’s best for the story-line, right?
What about you guys? have you had situations where you wrote something, only to know you needed to make a major change after the fact? What did you do?