for me, i love writing in third person, although i'm trying to improve in first person. they both have a different atmosphere, and i'll just list them.
first person allows you to see into a character more easily than third person. you can see the personality of a character more clearly because he/she is narrating the story. you see the story form his/her eyes: their emotions on certain scenes, whether happy or sad, their feelings. writing from a first person can give a person a more definable character. however, the not-so-great thing is you can't see other people's viewpoints, what they feel, unless they're interacting with the main character directly.
third person, for me, has a mysterious feel around it. there's more room to play around, meaning you can write easily from one character's point of view, then switch to another. not saying you can't with first person, but, i suppose, to make first person more consistent, it has to be within a certain amount of characters, like two. third person allows you emotions based around everyone (sometimes i wish italics are possible, for effect). you can easily see the emotions around everyone, and it isn't as narrow as first person. the thing about third person, although i haven't run into something like this, you can easily get confused with meanings, what different characters might really mean.
both point of views' pros and cons are interchangeable, but for me, this is what i think. like you, i would personally write the prologue in third person, too, and continue on with the same point of view.
good luck on your book! i hope this helps you some.
an aspiring writer (three years)
· 9 years ago