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Prologue vs Preface... Difference?
« on: May 29, 2007, 12:26:55 PM »
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I've been sitting here having a discussion with a friend of mine about the differences between a prologue and a preface. I always thought one of them (can't remember which) serves as a tool which allows the author to mention a significant event which happens prior to the events of the story, but have bearing on the story itself. The other, meanwhile, just serves as a foreshadowing of something which will happen later in the book and is only slightly modified from the actual text in later chapters.

Which is which? My friend says prologue serves as the same thing, but I thought they were different and named accordingly.

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Re: Prologue vs Preface... Difference?
« Reply #1 on: May 29, 2007, 01:30:08 PM »
The prologue is a part of the story which describes the events that occurred before the real start of story. Before writting a prologue ask yourself whether you are starting the story in the right place and whether or not you could use flashback.

The preface is the bit where the author talks directly to the reader about things the reader needs to know before starting to read the book. This is more usual in a non-fiction book, although you occassionally see them in prestigious works of fiction when they are reprinted after several years, and the author wants to discuss what's happened since the first edition came out.

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Re: Prologue vs Preface... Difference?
« Reply #2 on: May 29, 2007, 02:18:44 PM »
Thanks Jeff. I'm certain it couldn't be used as a flashback because the main character of the story doesn't know it's happened and the other character involved is dead when the story actually begins.

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Re: Prologue vs Preface... Difference?
« Reply #3 on: May 31, 2007, 07:29:33 AM »
Yeah, but what's a foreword?
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Re: Prologue vs Preface... Difference?
« Reply #4 on: May 31, 2007, 09:28:19 AM »
Google produced this:

http://www.funtrivia.com/askft/Question58227.html
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Re: Prologue vs Preface... Difference?
« Reply #5 on: May 31, 2007, 10:37:54 AM »
Interesting reply to the answerer. Makes me wonder why the question was asked in the first place.  :-\
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