June 17, 2013

Monday Pep Rally: Favorite First Lines

                                                              Happy Monday, Misfiteers!!!

                                                     

If you'll recall, we've changed up our format a little bit for these posts. Because we've all gotten so used to getting our thoughts down in 140 characters, we're taking the discussion to twitter! Every Monday, we'll be talking about our Pep Rally question on twitter and we'd love you to join in. Just keep an eye out for the #MisfitPepRally hashtag!

Today we're talking about first lines. Personally, I'm kind of distractible and something like a first line can make a huge difference in whether I'm going to love a book.  I know. GASP, we only have one line to get you? Yes. BUT. I typically read on to see if it can sustain or if it gets better or worse, I just usually know by that line what kind of book I'm in for, ya know? A good first line will hook you and provide the voice all in that one line. I love when authors catch me off-guard too.

Here's a few of my favorites: 

THE SCORPIO RACES by Maggie Stiefvater: "It is the first day of November and so, today, someone will die." Who wouldn't read on from that?

WARM BODIES by Isaac Marion: "I am dead, but it's not so bad." I love this book. I kind of knew what I was going to read because of the movie trailer, but still, Marion's voice drew me right in.

ANNA AND THE FRENCH KISS by Stephanie Perkins: "Here is everything I know about France: Madeline and Amelie and Moulin Rouge.Her voice drew me in. I don't know a lot about France myself, in fact, I've never even seen Amelie, Perkins sets the tone for this book right away. Brilliantly done. I haven't heard of a soul yet who didn't love this book. 

Here's one from my WIP: "I've been through the five stages of grief." Yeah... still working on this one. Pretty sure this may change ;o)

What about you? What are your favorite first lines and why? Head over to Twitter and let us know on the #MisfitPepRally hashtag!

Have a great week!

9 comments:

Stephsco said...

First lines are so tough to write! But the good ones are so good. The Warm Bodies one cracks me up.

Sarah Hipple said...

Hmmm, I typically don't think in terms of my first line so much as my first chapter. Gotta get the good stuff in there and hood them.

The Harry Potter first line and Pride and Prejudice first lines are pretty awesome, though.

"Mr. and Mrs. Dursley, of number four, Privet Drive, were proud to say that they were perfectly normal, thank you very much."

"It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife."

As for my WIP, the first line could probably use some work. In fact, I need the first two sentences to get anything decent: "I rounded the corner onto my street. The red flicker of flame stood out against the black night sky, and I started to run."

erica m. chapman said...

I love that one, Stephsco!

I LOVE those, Sarah!! Actually your WIP one sounds pretty good. It promises more!

Thanks for stopping by ladies!

Johana Vera said...

I've actually given this topic a lot of thought. I agree, a good first line is what gives the reader an idea of what's to come.

I usually have several stories in my head at once (for writers, that's kind of in our genetic programming or something, right?) but I know the moment to start actually putting the story on paper is when I'm satisfied with the First Line.

Here's the one for my current WIP (a YA high fantasy): "The day the Threader was buried, attendance to the funeral was mandatory for every Capital’s citizen over eighteen years of age."

erica m. chapman said...

Oh! Very cool! Sounds like somethings afoot ;o)

Raven said...

The first line of Daughter of Smoke & Bone drew me in. The writing is so effortlessly gorgeous, plus it makes you want to find out more about Karou and the world she lives in.

I need to get around to reading Warm Bodies. I LOVED the movie/R. And I was pulled into ANNA for those same reasons. Stephanie Perkins really did hit the voice right on the nose.

Here's the first line of my wip: I hear the neigh of horses before I see the blood red capes of the men riding them.

I guess it could use some more work but it works for now.

Princess Sara said...

I was going to mention Harry Potter, but someone beat me to it! Another opening line I love is from C.S. Lewis's The Voyage of the Dawn Treader:

"There was a boy called Eustace Clarence Scrubb, and he almost deserved it."

I'm fairly proud of the opening line of my YA Fantasy WIP: "Tavor Castle is beautiful, for a prison."

Yael said...

I like the 'seven stages of grief' line. You should keep it.

erica m. chapman said...

Love the lines guys!!

Thanks, Yael. I had to change it, apparently it's 5 stages of grief!

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