Favorite First Lines

I love it when a book sucks you in with the first line. That happened when
I opened Quicksilver by Stephanie Spinner. Hermes, a lesser god from Greek
mythology and one of Zeus' sons, kicks off this rollicking story with this line,

"It's dark and gloomy, and it smells like dead sheep, but when Zeus says go to Hell, I go."

What's your favorite first line?

Comments

Okay so I'm totally cliche, but mine would be -- "When I stepped out into the bright sunlight from the darkness of the movie house, I had only two things on my mind: Paul Newman and a ride home." The Outsiders, Hinton.


"The Herdmans were absolutely the worst kids in the history of the world."

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever


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All the people, all the words being said- Enough to make a writer's head spin

The Quicksilver book I might just have to read...Two of my favorite are "Just a moment," Jason said into the phone, then turned away for a moment and shot an attacking horndevil. - Deathworld 2.

That and the first line of 1994, which is something like "It was a sunny June morning, and the clock was striking thirteen..." I can't reall remember. But I know that in every writing workshop I've been to they say a good first line is essential, to pull the reader in.


I love that book! (the Outsiders) It's kind of sad though. They made a movie of it, but i havent seen it.


It is a sad book, but I there's a lot of beauty and truth to it. The movie is great and just loaded with beautiful boys - and girls. Many who went on to greener pastures: Tom Cruise, Rob Lowe, Matt Dillon, Diane Lane, Patrick Swayze... get this version as soon as it is processed. It's the Director's cut. I think you'll love it...