It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a reader in possession of good taste must be in want of a killer opening line.
There’s nothing more effective at pulling in a reader than a solid first line. Here are some of my favorite memorable opening lines from books!
In no particular order…
“There once was a boy called Eustace Clarence Scrubb, and he almost deserved it.” – C.S. Lewis, The Voyage of the Dawn Treader
“It was a dark and stormy night.” – Madeleine L’Engle, A Wrinkle in Time
“Mr. and Mrs. Dursley, of number four, Privet Drive, were proud to say that they were perfectly normal, thank you very much.” – J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
“It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen.” – George Orwell, 1984
“If you really want to hear about it, the first thing you’ll probably want to know is where I was born, and what my lousy childhood was like, and how my parents were occupied and all before they had me, and all that David Copperfield kind of crap, but I don’t feel like going into it, if you want to know the truth.” – J.D. Salinger, The Catcher in the Rye
“It was a pleasure to burn.” – Ray Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451
“Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again.” – Daphne du Maurier, Rebecca
“Marley was dead, to begin with.” – Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol
“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times…”– Charles Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities (not putting the whole quote because it is looooong
and finally, the one I parodied in my opening….
“It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of good fortune must be in want of a wife.” – Jane Austen, Pride & Prejudice