I see a general trend developing, especially among agents, of critiquing novels and predicting how well they will do based on the first paragraph and even first line. By critiquing I mean someone submits, for instance, the first line of their novel to an agent who discusses how well that line hooks the reader and introduces the story. What it tells me is that there is an expectation that the first page in general will introduce the story well enough that people know what is expected and hooks them to continue reading. I know this is more a marketing trend, meaning that potential buyers (readers) decide on whether to buy a book after reading the first page. But now I see more and more agents discussing how well they can predict a novel can do based on first line alone . . . . While with a lot of experience you can guess where a story is going and how it develops, I am not persuaded by this argument. Do you get the same impression that this is what is happening? What do you think about it?