All right, so I did find three interesting posts after all:
Mark Charan Newton wonders why secondary world fantasy usually has quasi-medieval settings and why secondary world fantasy is perceived as less relevant than SF. Some nice discussion going on there, though I’m not in the mood to add my two cents.
Meanwhile, Sherwood Smith discusses the widespread dislike for prologues at the Book View Café.
I’ve never understood this prologue hate myself. Of course, not all prologues are good or necessary, but I don’t think I have ever skipped them – why would I? In fact, I loved the Encyclopaedia Galactica entries in Isaac Asimov’s Foundation series. For a while, I actually sought a copy of the Encyclopaedia until I realized that it was just as fictional as the rest of the stories. In my defense, I was fifteen.
Still, I’ve got the sneaking suspicion that prologue hatred is a peculiarly American thing much like the hatred of adverbs and the passive voice.
And now off to watch Hustle.