Well, we talked about some of our favourite last lines, so it only makes sense that we talk about our favourite first lines. I don’t think enough people — readers and writers alike — take the time to really appreciate how a great first time can really pull you in. I think we often get stuck on the “typical” opening devices like waking up from a dream or the moment someone dies. Sometimes it’s something simple like “Call me Ishmael.” in Moby Dick.
Remember, I didn’t just pluck these out of thin air. I’m only going to include books I’ve read on this list. If I haven’t read it, I won’t include it even if I know a book has a famous last line.
What are some of your favourite first lines from books?