First lines are important. In some ways they’re the most important part of anything you’ll write or read. A great first line should invite the reader in, it should invite them to take a seat and want to hear more.
Not to get too base about it but if you’re the fish then the first line is the hook and the author just needs to reel you in. See, that was a metaphor. I might use a simile later too.
Directed By: George A. Romero
“That’s a meteor. I’ll be dipped in shit if that ain’t a meteor!”
I’ve talked previously about the pantheon of great anthology films, which is a sadly short list. But on it would be this entry from George Romero. Typically in an anthology film different sequences would be handled by different writers/directors (I believe in the case of VHS they didn’t even meet, except to briefly make sure that no one had come up with the same idea twice). So, not only does it have one directorial voice but it also comes from the pen of Stephen King, who always stars in one of the sequences. I’m not sure if this was during his drink/drug phase but after viewing his segment I wouldn’t be surprised.