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172 – Prologues and Epilogues

The Mythcreant Podcast
Prologues and epilogues seem so simple. They come before the first chapter and after the last chapter of a book, right? But maybe there’s more to it than that. When is a prologue really chapter one? When is chapter one really a prologue? What is the purpose of an epilogue, and what kind of book actually needs one? Listen to find out, plus bonus material on flash forwards.

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Opening and closing theme: The Princess Who Saved Herself by Jonathan Coulton. Used with permission.

Show Notes:

Harry Potter

The Blade Itself

Redshirts

A Game of Thrones

Twilight

Red Seas Under Red Skies

The Handmaid’s Tale

A.I. 

Dune

The Lady or the Tiger

Lord of the Rings

A Tale of Two Cities

The Martian

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Comments

  1. Brandon Harbeke

    Mission: Impossible III is a good example of a flash-forward beginning done right.

  2. Matthew Rosen

    The Martian actually originally *had* an epilogue when first digitally published, but taken out for the print run. I haven’t read it, but I heard it involves Watney cussing in front of a little kid when he’s asked about the prospect of returning to Mars.

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