Friday, July 29, 2011

First Lines: A Sampler


Due to last week's blogging hiatus (not to mention a general case of head-up-the-ass), I didn't prepare for today's Friday Fives. Thank god for online book previews. Below you'll find some of my favorite beginnings*.

"Are you still mad?"
Alec, leaning against the wall of the elevator, glared across the small space at Jace. "I'm not mad."
- City of Ashes, Cassandra Clare

Why I Like It: I just reread the first three books in The Mortal Instruments so this scene is fresh in my mind. After spending one book already with Jace, Alec, and crew, you have a good idea of their personalities which makes the scene more fun.

The man in black fled across the desert, and the gunslinger followed.
- The Gunslinger, Stephen King

Why I Like It: I've blogged about this once before, but this sentence restored my faith in Stephen King. That withstanding, it's pretty intriguing. Why is this guy being followed across the desert?


"Wait--did you--you just yawned!" The vampire's arms, raised over his head in the classic Dracula pose, dropped to his sides.
- Paranormalcy, Kiersten White

What I Liked About It: Paranormalcy was one of my favorites of 2010. Starting off with being bored by a vampire clues us in to this being not your average UF.

Here is everything I know about France: Madeleine and Amelie and Moulin Rouge.
- Anna and the French Kiss, Stephanie Perkins

What I Liked About It: It's the beginning of a very solid paragraph that conveys voice and humor, and the rest of the sentences go on in the same vein, letting us know what the narrator knows. This might be my most favorite paragraph ever written.

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were all going direct to Heaven, we were all going direct the other way—in short, the period was so far like the present period, that some of its noisiest authorities insisted on its being received, for good or for evil, in the superlative degree of comparison only.
- A Tale of Two Cities, Charles Dickens

What I Liked About It: The length. It's stupidly long and if any of us did this today, we'd probably get spanked. However, Dickens does a good job of showing us that nothing really changes.

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* Disclaimer: The opinions of yours truly are subject to change with no notice.
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4 comments:

  1. Is it bad that I every time I read that Dickens line I just want to edit the hell out of it?

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  2. Anna and the French Kiss! *sigh* I love that book! Great choices! Have a wonderful weekend!

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  3. I absolutely adore ANNA and the first line is a perfect beginning for that book. Sadly, I haven't read your other choices, but Cassandra Clare is definitely on my TBR list.

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  4. I love the first line of Anna and the French Kiss! I still need to read it, it's on my "to be read" list! :)

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