let’s talk bookish: prologues and epilogues

JULY 2: PROLOGUES AND EPILOGUES: ARE THEY NECESSARY? (SUGGESTED BY FIVES @ DOWN THE RABBIT HOLE)

Let’s Talk Bookish is a weekly meme created by Rukky @ Eternity Books. It is hosted by Rukky @ Eternity Books and Dani @ Literary Lion. It is where different bookish topics are discussed, explained and ruminated. Different opinions are shared and blog hopping is encouraged too.

I joined this book meme because a topic could lead to different answers. It helps me share my thoughts while being educated by other posts too. Aside from this, I get to reflect on topics which interest me. Some people would not agree with my answers but that is okay, each to his own.


Prologues are made to set the mood of the story. It could also give more information than the first chapter. Also, it could help the reader asses where the story has started. It adds perspective for the reader to know where the story left off. Sometimes the prologue can be a summary of the previous book in a sequel too. As for an epilogue it is a conclusion for a story. It gives the reader a picture of what happened after everything happened. It is usually a happy ever after moment in historical romances. Also, it may hint on a next story if there is a sequel for it.

Some books have either a prologue or epilogue. Others have both which is a way to start and end the story in a clean cut way. Both have their own purposes, while I could read the book without a prologue. Sometimes an epilogue is a must most especially with romance novels. Epilogues give me the conclusion I need to quell the questions in my brain. However, a prologue is nice to read too since it helps me understand the situation of the story before diving into it. It is where I gauge if I’m up for the drama or not. Having a prologue and epilogue helps me as a reader define the mood and conclusion of the story. Epilogues give a final ending and Prologues help me start the story with a clear picture. Both are helpful for me since my mind tends to wander a lot.


It’s been awhile. Slowly trying to post as much as before.

Again thank you for reading and God bless,

– R



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5 thoughts on “let’s talk bookish: prologues and epilogues

    1. thank you, I like your assessment too. I agree that a good prologue would help define the mood most especially for thriller/mystery novels

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