Lisa Moore, a Canadian author, was a panelist for Canada Reads. She said, "I think a real engagement with a book means that the reader has to chase after the story.... If they know what's happening, then there's no pleasure".
I strongly disagree. I like the old-fashioned storytelling method- "Once upon a time..." It sets a great foundation for the story. You can learn about the time and place and characters. That's what I expect from the introduction. That's the author's responsibility. Then I can jump on board and be swept along. No chasing for me, Lisa Moore.