Every Tuesday I will try to engage you in a question/topic/idea. You are welcome to write in with a suggestion you want to share or maybe talk about next Tuesday. My response is not right for everyone but I am hoping together we can generate some great conversation. And as always, I would love to hear from you on this topic or any topic out there!
As reviewers and as writers, we read a lot of books that capture out attention, create emotional chaos within, and ultimately make us wish for more. Some of the best books out there are able to capture our attention with just one line.
My question is: What is your favorite first line and why?
Not an easy question… but one that should be asked. A lot of research states that it is exactly this first line that catches the readers attention. It helps convince them to continue reading or possibly put the book down. If you really think about it, it is extremely interesting how much power the first line of a book has. Now not everyone bases their opinions of a book on the first line. But it does come into play.
Please, if you would, take the time to answer this question with though. Please include:
- First line quote
- Book the line was from
- And most important, why this line caught your attention. Why you love it.
Again, Later this week I will be writing up Part 2 to this question. I don’t know about you but I am curious to see if there are any similarities between the lines that we all love.
Here is one of mine:
“I stiffened at the red and blue lights flashing behind me, because there was no way I could explain what was in the back of my truck.” – Halfway to the grave (Night Huntress #1) by Jeaniene Frost
This opening line had me hooked from the very beginning. This element of mystery is impossible for me to ignore. I had to keep reading to find out what was in the back of her truck and why was she so nervous that the cops pulled her over. Even if I wanted to, I wouldn’t have been able to put the book down until I figured out what was going on.