What’s Yours and What’s Your Favorite?
The Writer Magazine has an article in their May issue – 34 of the Most Memorable First Lines in Literature.
Some I agree with. Some I wouldn’t put in my top 1000 – thank goodness for variety and difference of opinions 😉
Some of my favorite first lines
- “In walks these three girls in nothing but bathing suits.”
A&P – John Updike
- “Scarlett O’Hara was not beautiful, but men seldom realized it when caught by her charm as the Tarleton twins were.”
Gone With the Wind, Margaret Mitchell
- “A green and yellow parrot, which hung in a cage outside the door, kept repeating over and over: ‘Allez vous-en! Allez vous-en! Sapristi! That’s all right!”
Kate Chopin, The Awakening
- “From a little after two o’clock until almost sundown of the long still hot weary dead September afternoon they sat in what Miss Coldfield still called the office because her father had called it that – a dim hot airless room with the blinds all closed and fastened for forty-three summers because when she was a girl someone believed that sight and moving air carried heat and that dark was always cooler, and which (as the sun shone fuller and fuller on that side of the house) became latticed with yellow slashes full of dust motes which Quentin thought of as being flecks of the dead old dried paint itself blown inward from the scaling blinds as wind might have blown them.”
Absalom, Absalom! William Faulkner
From my debut novel – Josephine: Red Dirt & Whiskey
- “Lying, cussing, smoking, drinking, fornicating, all those things Brother Richard told the congregation not to do, Josephine was doing every one of them and then some.”
And, from my latest novel – Nelson and Cora – The Beginning
- “Nelson McGinnis rocked back in the wooden chair.”
What are your favorite first lines? And, if you are a writer, what are the first lines of your novel(s)?