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Here’s today’s Friday Five prompt:
I have to admit, I didn’t pay a whole lot of attention to first lines until I began to write seriously. Now, I’m always eager to see how an author opens his/her book. Does the first line make me ask an immediate question? Does it give me a unique insight into the narrator? Is there automatic tension? Is there an appealing hint of the voice to come? Most importantly: Am I intrigued enough to read on? I always make a mental note of what works about a particularly great first line and hope it’s awesomeness somehow absorbs into the writer part of my brain.
Here are five very effective first lines from a few of my favorite books:
1) If I Stay by Gayle Forman – Everyone thinks it was because of the snow.
2) Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by JK Rowling – Mr. and Mrs. Dursley, of number four, Privet Drive, were proud to say that they were perfectly normal, thank you very much.
3) Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta – My father took one hundred and thirty-two minutes to die.
4) A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini – Miriam was five years old the first time she heard the word harami.
5) Looking for Alaska by John Green – The week before I left my family and Florida and the rest of my minor life to go to boarding school in Alabama, my mother insisted on throwing me a going-away party.
What makes a great first line, in your opinion?
Would you rather lose all of your old memories, or never be able to make new ones?