Though I haven't written the actual first chapter, yet, my friend is trying to warn me away from opening my story with a description of something. She says that it's extremely hard - near impossible - to catch a reader's attention with a description, and I had better open with an action, or something directly related to the MC. Now, granted, I have no intentions of opening with, "The room is yellow. The window gives a view out to an open, blue sky." In this particular case, I would be describing the carnage of a house. So what do you guys think - Is it bland to open a novel with a description of the surrounding scene?