Friday, July 29, 2011
Friday Fives! Favorite First Lines
I decided to tweak today's Paper Hangover prompt and tell you five reasons a book snags me at sentence one.
When I was little, my dad used to tell me, "Will, you can pick your friends, and you can pick your nose, but you can't pick your friends nose." John Green and David Levithan, will grayson, will grayson
And by the end of chapter one, Will Grayson is picking his best friend's nose. The whole scene is beyond hilarious. And the rest of the book just. Gets. Funnier.
SUBTLETY THAT SAYS IT ALL:
My mother used to tell me about the ocean. Carrie Ryan, The Forest of Hands and Teeth
Okay, just so you know. When I started reading this book, I thought this was the dumbest first line EVER (okay, maybe not ever), but I thought I was reading a book about forest and teeth and ZOMBIES.
Yeah, the book’s got zombies, but this post-apocalyptic tale isn’t so much about Carrie Ryan’s Unconsecrated as it is about love and hope. And this first line sums up everything the book represents - hope. Hope for a better tomorrow. Hope for a life beyond the main character Mary's village. Hope for an ocean that only exists in stories passed down by her ancestors. It’s an exquisitely written tale of the struggle between contentment and dreams and having faith in what you believe despite rigid society rules and naysayers who seek to diminish desires.
This first line says it all, peeps.
VOICE: Strong voice OFTEN has me at hello.
Just when I thought my day couldn’t get any worse I saw the dead guy standing next to my locker. P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast, Marked
It was the line that kept me reading, even though I wanted to quit after book one. House of Night is the Grey's Anatomy of the Vampire World. SO freaking dramatic you swear on your box set you'll quit watching at the end of this season, then they throw in the cliffhanger to bring you back for more.
PS - did eventually stop watching Greys. Can't seem to quit HON though.
It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen. George Orwell, 1984
I have two for this one.
The funny thing about facing imminent death is that it really snaps everything else into perspective. James Patterson Maximum Ride The Angel Experiment
It's been a long time since I read The Man Who Came to Dinner, but I can't forget Sheridan Whiteside. Or his first line when he graces the stage and scrutinizes his surroundings: I may vomit!
And far be it from me to limit myself to five...
I'm totally not adhering to proper dictionary definition on this term, but I love the rare book where the first sentence is also the last. Here's the first (and last) line from The Outsiders by SE Hinton
When I stepped out into the bright sunlight from the darkness of the movie house, I had just two things on my mind: Paul Newman and a ride home.
Yeah...the first page is mucho important for capturing audience interest, but if you can do it in the first line? Bonus. These lines certainly did it for me.
How about YOU?! What's your favorite first line?