Not a bad first line, eh?
How many writers have sat, pen poised above paper, waiting for the perfect opening sentence to strike them? As readers, first lines can draw us into a story, making us excited, angry, or just plain curious. They can be memorable or forgettable, interesting or banal.
Readers and writers, what do you think makes a good first line? What are some of your favorite first lines from fic? (Post ‘em and see who can guess the most!)
Writers, what are your favorite first lines? How did that line come to you?
Think you are good at first lines? See if you can guess these….
1) “It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife.”
2) "Where's Papa going with that ax?"
3) “Who is John Galt?”
4) “124 was spiteful.”
5) “I went back to the Devon School not long ago, and found it looking oddly newer than when I was a student there fifteen years before.”
6) “The Citadel of Troizen, where the Palace stands, was built by giants before anyone remembers.”
7) “I’ve watched through his eyes, I’ve listened through his ears, and I tell you he’s the one.”
8) “To the red country and part of the gray country of Oklahoma, the last rains came gently, and they did not cut the scarred earth.”
9) “It was a dumb thing to do but it wasn’t that dumb.”
10) “Last night I dreamt I went to Manderly again.”
1) “Firstly, I must offer my congratulations to you, the reader of this brief introduction -- for you have demonstrated, by the mere fact that you are reading it, your excellent grasp of the basic principles of the fascinating branch of magical study that is Invisibility.”
2) "The Aurors on guard at the scene are drinking champagne straight from the bottle -- giddy and rude now that the throng of morbid onlookers has wandered off into the bleak, small hours."
3) “The fifth stall in the men's washroom at King's Cross station had had a "Closed For Repairs" sign on the door since 1973.”
4) "Harry had planned to sleep late on the first day of the summer holiday."
5) “Blearily, Hermione could remember one too many butterbeers; she didn't need to look any further to discover the cause of her current situation, which was staring at the ceiling at number 12 Grimmauld Place and wondering when Severus Snape was going to stop tonguing her nipple and get down to business.”
6) “If there was anything that Harry Potter liked more than chocolate frogs or sugar quills, it was getting mail from his friends.”
7) “In the summer of 1977, Sirius Black fell in love with the Beatles.”
8) "If you are prepared," he said.”
9) "Hello! What have we here?" Harry Potter thrust the hoe into the freshly turned earth and peered down at the large gray rock. A narrow black head edged out from under it at the sound of his words in Parseltongue.”
10) “Harry Potter was angry.”
Thanks to summerborn, whose suggestion inspired this week's discussion.