Are these things really necessary? In my Genre fiction class a few years ago, I read that prologues were bad. They are info dumps used to spout expositional information before the actual story begins. The example given was Pawn of Prophecy. "Long, long ago, This happened. And then This happened. And This guy is clearly the villain; he did this. and his brothers did this. and then war/battle...etc." basically like the yellow scroll of text beginning almost every Star Wars movie before dropping readers unto the day and the life of the MC. The consensus is: don't do this! it is TELLING what happened versus SHOWING and it disconnects readers. But then, I've read prologues that don't do this (I cant think of an example off the top of my head at the moment). And epilogues... its basically the end of the end of a book. My question is, are they necessary? Would i be losing something if I included them? When are they called for and when is it not necessary? HOW DO YOU USE THESE THINGS??