Love them or hate them, prologues and epilogues still stir up controversy in chat rooms, writers meetings and blogs. Some swear that editors and agents hate them. That they're a lazy way to give back story. Others, like myself, believe they have a purpose, if used correctly.
I like prologues. I've written several of them. But what I really love are epilogues. I haven't written as many of those, but I love them in my favorite books. I want to see how the characters are doing months or years down the road. I want to see them happy and content. Somehow, when I close that book, I'm more satisfied. The valuable time I've invested in the story and characters has been worthwhile. I'm convinced the characters are living their happy ever after.
What about you? Do you like prologues and epilogues? Or hate them? Do you use them in your own writing?