2P: Introductions and Conclusions

Introduction by Larah McElroy, via Flickr

Introduction by Larah McElroy, via Flickr

Today, we will attempt to write an introduction and a conclusion for your graphic novel review. Your intro and your conclusion don’t have to be very long (3-4 sentences), so we should be able to finish them today.

Let’s look at what is necessary for both of these paragraphs. Please note that there are some similarities between them (remember, too, that these ideas are in the order that they should appear in your paragraphs:

Introduction

Conclusion

  • must mention the author’s name and the novel’s title
  • must summarize the basic story of the graphic novel (usually in a single sentence; this may feel a little like a definition)
  • must summarize the key tools used by the creator (usually in a single sentence; think about how the story is told through images and words)
  • must contain your overall opinion
  • must mention the title of the graphic novel
  • must remind the reader of your overall opinion
  • should tell the reader if the graphic novel is worth reading (and buying)

Let’s look at an introduction to a review of a video game calledĀ League of Legends, written by Tyler Hicks (with a few small changes). Even though this is a review of a video game, many of the same rules apply:

League of Legends is not just a game: it’s a cutthroat competitive digital sport where the winners roar in victory and the losers whimper in defeat. You don’t need to play on the same level as the pros to experience the thrills of these online battlegrounds, however. Blending elements of action role-playing, real-time strategy, and tower defense games into an engrossing mixture of awesome, League of Legends is a free-to-play game that ensures each play session yields a unique and explosive experience.

Next, let’s look at his conclusion:

League of Legends is a fantastic game with something for players of all skill ranges to enjoy. Although it’s better to play with friends, you are not left to your own devices if you tend to keep to yourself. The early hours can be frustrating as you learn the ropes, but once you are swept away by the ebb and flow, it’s difficult to resist the constant thrill of the game’s diverse battles. Once League of Legends has its hooks in you, don’t be shocked to find you’ve spent a few hundred hours seeking digital fame in one of video gaming’s finest battlegrounds.

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