Hi and welcome to a new Top Ten Tuesday! Today’s another freebie so I decided to talk about opening lines.
The first sentence in a book is super important. It’s supposed to draw your attention, get you interested, set the tone for the book and get you hooked right away. It should suck you into this new fictional world from the get go. That’s a lot of pressure for one sentence, of course, but it is possible! The proof is in these ten examples:
Talk about starting with a BANG! This series is gorgeously written, whimsical and beautifully atmospheric and I feel like this first sentence immediately sets the tone perfectly.
What is going on? Is this a story about fashion? What could be peculiar about a coat? I NEED TO KNOW! (Also, I just finished this series and just reading this sentence made me all teary and nostalgic. If that’s not sign that you’ve got something special, I don’t know what is)
No better way to get me interested than talking about dragons. Why is this Dragon written with a capital D? Why doesn’t he eat the girls? What does he do with them? Questions!
Another bang for a start. Why have you been locked up for so long? What’s going on? And how do you keep track of time so well when I hardly have any idea what I did yesterday?
Well, there come the waterworks already! At least now I know to get my tissues ready right away. This sentence just sets the tone for the entire book so beautifully.
Talk about being captivated right away. Nobody can quite catch your attention with a few short sentences than the narrator of this story, Death itself.
Another quote that perfectly encompasses the tone of the book to come.
Every page in this book has gorgeous quotes, starting with the very first one.
Dramatic and hilarious, a mix that seems to work perfectly for Percy Jackson.
Excuse me, I NEED TO KNOW MORE RIGHT NOW, please and thank you!