There is much talk in the writing community about that all-important first line. A string of words--whether compact, or long-winded like Dickens just to the right there--that will hook your reader from the get-go and compel them to keep on reading. First impressions are everything to our readers. Sometimes it comes to us right away. Other times that great first line is about as elusive as the famed Scarlet Pimpernel.* Either way, I think we all agree that it's pretty darn crucial.
The assumption that we all think a good first line is crucial can be followed up by the assumption that we all know of first lines we've personally read that have leaped off the page, pulled us in, and made us ask:
"What's going to happen next?"
So without further blabbering, here is a handful (FIVE) of my FAVOURITE FIRST LINES:
1. "I've watched through his eyes, I've listened through his ears, and I tell you he's the one."
- Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card2. "They called the world beyond the walls of the Pod 'The Death Shop'."
-Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi3. "When Mary Lennox was sent to Misselthwaite Manor to live with her uncle everybody said she was the most disagreeable-looking child ever seen."
-The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett4. "He began his new life standing up, surrounded by cold darkness and stale, dusty air."
-The Maze Runner by James Dashner5. "In these dungeons the darkness was complete, but Katsa had a map in her mind."
-Graceling by Kristin CashoreAs previously stated, this is only a very small sampling of my favourite first lines. There are really too many to count, and as this post isn't entitled FIVE HUNDRED & FIFTY-FIVE FAVOURITE FIRST LINES, let's just leave it at this. How about you? What's one of your favourite first lines?
*The Scarlet Pimpernel by Baroness Orczy