“I want to tell you about the time I almost died.”I really don’t have such a tale to tell, but I bet I piqued your interest, didn’t I? Because it’s a great opening line that makes you want to learn more.You keep reading because you want to know how the story ends.This type of statement will work well if readers are fans of Keaton or if readers are fans of Nolan, as they’ll want to read on to see why you think Keaton is so much better.
Avoid such statements that start with the beginning of time.
This opening line cites a credible source and offers readers an arguable statement.
Bad opening line #2: According to dictionary.com, Batman is “a character in an American comic strip and several films who secretly assumes a batlike costume in order to fight crime”. Don’t use dictionary definitions to start your paper.
Dictionary definitions are dull and boring, and in most cases, readers already know the word you’re defining, so the strategy isn’t effective.
Readers are going to approach your paper in the same way.
If they aren’t interested in the first few lines, they’ll stop reading.This broad, uninteresting statement doesn’t work well as opening line.The language is too informal, and readers aren’t sure who “they” might be.These movies include Batman & Robin, Batman, Batman Returns, Batman Forever, and The Dark Knight Trilogy.This example still includes an overview of the history, but it focuses on the men who starred as Batman.Let’s look at a few sample opening lines from an evaluation essay.The most appropriate reaction to this line would be: So what? It isn’t interesting and doesn’t grab readers’ attention at all.This line is actually the first line of the movie Fallen (1998), and whether or not you like the movie, you have to admit that the opening line is killer.A killer opening line and catchy introduction are exactly what you want for your essay.Better opening line for a problem/solution essay: A 2014 Student Government survey revealed that 65% of commuters have been late to class in the past semester due to lack of available on-campus parking. Not only is the tone much more serious, but it includes a statistic that reveals that the problem actually exists.If you’re writing an evaluation essay, you’ll likely be writing in first person.