Hooks seem to be on everyone's mind lately. Musetracks just posted some great advice about them.
So I've been thinking about my favorite show. House.
Why is this show so addictive?
Then I realized it employs three separate hooks.
The moral/philosophical/theological question that a character struggles with at the beginning of every show.
The physical mystery of what is wrong with the patient, including the race against time to save him/her.
And finally, the emotional drama of each character's life. This hook is for long time viewers, while the other two can get a newbie interested.
THREE Hooks! And at the end, they all tie in together somehow.
How many hooks do you use in your stories? Have you ever found the hook morphing into something else by the middle of your story?