In any novel, there’s no line more important than the first. The opener has to pull the reader in. It has to grab us, shock us, interest us, do something that will make us decide to delve into the story. Having recently had an interesting conversation regarding the best opening lines in literature, I decided to list a few of my favorites on this blog:
It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen.
-George Orwell, 1984
I am a sick man… I am a spiteful man.
-Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Notes from the Underground
If you’re going to read this, don’t bother.
-Chuck Palahniuk, Choke
It was a pleasure to burn.
–Ray Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451
All this happened, more or less.
-Kurt Vonnegut, Slaughterhouse Five
The man in black fled across the desert, and the Gunslinger followed.
-Stephen King, The Gunslinger
And of course, we’ll finish with the all-time classic, translated to English from the original German:
As Gregor Samsa awoke one morning from uneasy dreams he found himself transformed in his bed into a gigantic insect.
-Franz Kafka, The Metamorphosis
If you guys have any other favorites to list, feel free to post them below! Also, before I go, a quick reminder: this Saturday, I’ll be reading from The Cage Legacy at Books & Boos, from 5 to 7pm.
Till next time,