As a reader, I love a book I can't put down - and yet I've lost count of the books I've put down mid-way, or worse just pages in.
Because first chapters suck.
Mate, I'm pretty sure that's an insult.
Non-linear narratives can be super engaging and fun, but are prone to problems that kill their good qualities. So when should a story be told in a non-linear way?
I embody my worst fear as a writer. If I'm abandoning books, other people are too. But why?
Whenever I buy a book, I look at the blurb first. Point is - they matter. So, please, can you stop with the spoilers?
The first chapter of Tim Bowler's Frozen Fire is pretty good, and with an opening line like "I'm dying." it's hard not to be. That's right, it's time for another opening scene breakdown.
The Man Who Fell to Earth by Walter Tevis. What makes the first chapter work?
While its understandable that adaptations get compared, have you noticed that books and movies get compared even if they're not two versions of the same story?