As a reader, an opening line or paragraph really sets the tone for me. Give me something that will hook me right from the get go and make me want to read it.
Here are some of my favorite opening lines.
1. Dread Nation by Justina Ireland
"The day I cam squealing and squalling into the world was the first time someone tried to kill me. I guess it should have been obvious to everyone right then that I wasn't going to have a normal life."
Ok. I mean... wow. I need to know more.
2. The Darker Shade of Magic by VE Schwab
"Kell wore a very peculiar coat."
3. The Shadows Between Us by Tricia Levenseller
“They've never found the body of the first and only boy who broke my heart. And they never will.”
4. Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
"It was a pleasure to burn."
The fire loving part of me agrees!
5. Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor
"On the second Sabbat of Twelfthmoon, in the city of Weep, a girl fell from the sky."
6. The Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson
"Today was the day a thousand dreams would die, and a single dream would be born."
7. The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux
"The Opera ghost really existed. He was not, as was long believed, a creature of the imagination of the artists, the superstition of the managers, or a product of the absurd and impressionable brains of the young ladies of the ballet, their mothers, the box-keepers, the cloak-room attendants, or the concierge. Yes, he existed in flesh and blood, although he assumed the complete appearance of a real phantom; that is to say, of a spectral shade."
8. The Daughter of the Pirate King by Tricia Levenseller
"I hate having to dress like a man."
I mean... how funny is this first line.
9. Fawkes by Nadine Brandes
"I wasn't ready to turn to stone."
I mean what!!!
10. We Hunt the Flame by Hafsah Faizal
"People live because she killed."
What do you think? Did you have any favorites listed above? What other opening lines should I include in future lists?