Introductions to novels

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This is not a technical writing topic, but about something I have thought for quite a while; why are introductions to novels at the beginning? Basically, are they introductions that you want to read at all. Do you not want to read this chapter after you have read the book.

Most introductions are for books that are part of a canon or are considered classics in some way. But, it is nice to have the novel fresh in your mind while you read the content of the introduction instead of reading it first. I dont know if this annoys much people, or if they have given it much thought, but I believe most introductions to novels are afterwords.

There, I’ve said it! Now, I can enjoy the weekend.



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