A good post at Janet Reid’s blog.
My own take: I used to hate all prologues. Then I wrote a book with a prologue. Then I wrote another books with a prologue. Now I have to limit myself to declaring that I hate all unnecessary, infodumpy, pointless prologues.
And if I were writing a query, I would call the prologue “chapter 1”.
Good comments on this post, btw. My favorite: “I would never skip a prologue. But then, I also read the acknowledgments, dedication, author’s notes and the back of my cereal box in the morning.”
Me, I never read cereal boxes. Now that I no longer eat cereal.