Okay, people, need your input here. Really. Prologues or no prologues?
My current project seems to need a scene put in at the front. It didn't at first, but one of the characters who wasn't important became a lot more vital to the story, and now I think the reader needs to know this backstory. But does it have to go in at the front?
Now I view prologues a lot like tigers. They might be nice big cats, but they can turn on you and take your throat out.
On the other hand, I just hate to have to stuff those scenes where you have to stop the story and explain things. Austin Powers got it right with just having Mr. Exposition to get the job done and make it funny. Which proves you can get away with it, if you really make the reader wait and want the info, or if it comes out in some tense, snappy dialogue. Or sometimes you can weave it in here and there.
Of course, a good prologue can work. The trick is making it really, really good. (Loretta Chase did the most brilliant one I've ever in Lord of Scoundrels.) But there's also the issue of making the first chapter just good, too, so that it doesn't seem like the prologue fits another book--or worse, was written by someone else who is a far better writer. (I swear I've read those.)
So, it's to prologue or not to prologue? What's your opinion here?