The first and last lines of a book are always the most important. Our whole impression of the novel is immediately created from the first sentence, paragraph, and chapter. Whether they’re mysterious prologue, a matter-of-fact beginning, or purely confusing, we love to be grabbed by our collars and pulled into the novel from the first few words. This week’s Top 5 Tuesday is First/Opening Lines and I can’t wait to talk about some of my all time favourites or most memorable opening lines I’ve read. Thanks again Shanah @ Bionic Book Worm for a great topic!
The Hobbit – J.R.R. Tolkien
“In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit. Not a nasty, dirty, wet hole, filled with the ends of worms and an oozy smell, nor yet a dry, bare, sandy hole with nothing in it to sit down on or to eat: it was a hobbit-hole, and that means comfort.”
The Catcher in the Rye – J.D. Salinger
“If you really want to hear about it, the first thing you’ll probably want to know is where I was born, and what my lousy childhood was like, and how my parents were occupied and all before they had me, and all that David Copperfield kind of crap, but I don’t feel like going into it, if you want to know the truth.”
Twilight – Stephanie Meyer
“I’d never given much thought to how I would die – though I’d had reason enough in the last few months – but even if I had, I would not have imagined it like this.”
The Perks of Being a Wallflower – Stephen Chbosky
“Dear Friend, I am writing to you because she said you listen and understand and didn’t try to sleep with that person at that party even though you could have.”
Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone – J.K. Rowling
“Mr. and Mrs. Dursley, of number four, Privet Drive, were proud to say that they were perfectly normal, thank you very much.”
I have read so many great books with even better opening lines that they all jumble into one big happy pile of words, so these are just a few stand out first lines that nobody can forget. They all ask so many questions that I couldn’t possibly put down the book without finding out what a hobbit is, about all that David Copperfield crap, who they tried to sleep with, what her death is going to look like, and why the Dursley’s are perfectly normal, thank you very much!