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Traditionally told tales often start with a few words at the beginning
that are designed to get listeners ready for a different kind of discourse:
a long narrative that we don't suppose to be literally true, set in a kind
of dreamtime that is apart from, but closely involved with, ordinary reality.
The standard opener, the one we all know is, "Once Upon A Time." It's a good one, and serves the purpose, but sometimes you might want to try something different.
Here are some alternatives , collected by participants of the listserve " Storytell, " originally compiled by Sharon P. Johnson, augmented and organized by Stefani Koorey, & further augmented, and prepared for this page by Betsy Bybell, AKA Batsy.
Breaking Bad’ s pilot begins with a crazy scene where we meet Walter White (introduced as “Underwear Man” in Vince Gilligan’s teleplay) as he drives an RV like a bat out of hell — after he crashes it in the desert, he gets out and records a first-person message into a video camera to his family, Skyler and Walter, Jr. “No matter how it may look, I only had you in my heart,” Walter says. He then pulls out a gun and tries to take his own life, but fails. When he hears the sound of approaching sirens, he points the gun in that direction, seemingly readying himself for a firefight with police. We won’t see the outcome of this sequence until much later in the episode. By opening on this mysterious yet obviously dangerous and high stakes sequence, Vince Gilligan not only sucks us in with a killer Central Dramatic Question ( Why is this dude in his underwear about to start shooting cops? ) but he also establishes that this is a crime story , not just a domestic drama, and the stakes are life and death.