Great Opening Lines

This NPR story on great opening lines to hook the younger set got me thinking. I laughed at the very last book:

The Narnia books by C.S. Lewis are so popular already that I only want to mention that the first line of The Voyage of the Dawn Treader is one of those classic sentences that, once heard, stick in your head forever:

“There was a boy called Eustace Clarence Scrubb, and he almost deserved it.”

Now, THAT’S a classic. Anyone care to contribute their favorites from the bookshelves?
Or, better yet ~ as we once did in a fiction exercise ~ write your own.

10 Responses to “Great Opening Lines”

  1. “It was a dark and stormy night.”

  2. The_Real_JeffS says:

    “Me, I just muddled along.”
    That was the last sentence in an opening paragraph of an old favorite book of mine. Doesn’t exactly fit your criteria, but close enough says I!

  3. That’s dandy, Jeff! Somewhere in the opening paragraph is close enough.

  4. Mr. Bingley says:

    “Saigon. Shit! I’m still in Saigon”
    Ok, so it was a movie.
    Sue me.

  5. Have another drink, Bingley.

  6. Mr. Bingley says:

    The bottle’s empty…shit!
    I’d best open anothr.

  7. Bruce says:

    ‘It was the best of times, it was the worst of times…’

  8. nightfly says:

    “Marley was dead – that, to begin with.”
    “In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit.”

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