A while ago, I noticed that every time I read a novel (or see a film) that is a prequel, I like it far less than the original material. So, I’m going to make a conscious effort to avoid prequels in the future. I think I’ve boiled down my aversion to two factors:
1) Lack of suspense. Is that pilot going to be shot down? Will the princess be forced to marry the evil emperor? I don’t care, because I already know the answer. When you watched the Star Wars prequels, were you concerned with Anakin Skywalker’s descent into darkness? I sure wasn’t.
2) Pointless Cameos. Characters show up who have nothing to do with the plot of the prequel, just so fans of the original can point at them and say “oh, I know that guy”. To me, this is the literary equivalent of some stranger who jumps into the background of your family photo.
Do you dislike prequels as much as I do? For the same reasons? Leave me a comment.
If you’re a writer, let me know why you have written/considered writing a prequel.