The beginning of any novel is the most important part of the novel. The first sentence, first paragraph, first chapter--they set the tone for the rest of the novel. They give us insight into the plot, they create a powerful first impression of the main character. The beginning introduces us to the story.
I'm going to do something a little different in my blog. With certain subjects, I'm going to ask for your opinions BEFORE I post my thoughts on the subject.
What are your thoughts/opinions/insights concerning the beginning of a novel? What are the crucial elements? What holds your interest; what turns you off?