"Honey, the dog's puking."
Not a line to start out any meal. But it definitely gets ones attention. First liners, one liners, great beginnings or bad beginnings what's your take when it comes to the books you read?
When I'm choosing a book on spec only - just a cold call into a bookstore, author unknown to me, the opening of a book has got to get me. Now it doesn't have to be dramatic or too punchy. In fact too blunt and punchy can be a bad omen of things to come - a lack of depth. I'm a great lover of description but I want the story to move too. Sure there are other factors in picking a book but left wandering aimlessly in a bookstore, the opening rates pretty high.
Here is what the American Review rates as some of the best openers in history. See if a few of those don't want to make you buy the book. I'd forgotten that 1984 had such an interesting beginning, "- maybe time for the reread.
But my particular favourite:
Oh and re the beginning of this post - no, the dog didn't puke. A few dry heaves, a tummy rub, his not mine, and everything was good. And thanks to a cast iron stomach I was able to return to dinner and a glass of wine after the ordeal. The dog - well he napped on the couch.
The books blog at the Guardian had a few thoughts on opening lines and some faves too.
Did you check out some of the best openers in history?
What's your favourite opening line?
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