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Monday, August 18, 2008

First Lines (update)

Two households, both alike in dignity,
In fair Verona, where we lay our scene,
From ancient grudge break to new mutiny,
Where civil blood makes civil hands unclean.

romeo and juliet

reminding me so much of the wonderful performance by Baz Luhrmann and capturing this first line in modern society with a tiny tv on the screen with a news report of two lovers dead.

still need more comments peeps!

Jinx xx

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Tory said...

I've always been a bit thingy about the opening line of Romeo and Juliet, because it is basically saying that 'this story, two lovers aren't going to end up together. It's going to be a tragedy and it's going to be sad so i'm preparing you for it now'

I don't know.... it's just what i think....

Opening line to Lemony Snicket's 'A series of unfortunate events' (the film)
"I'm sorry to say that this is not the movie you'll be watching. The movie you are about to see is extremely unpleasant. If you wish to see a film about a happy little elf, I'm sure there is still plenty of seating in theatre number two. However, if you like stories about clever and reasonably attractive orphans, suspicious fires, carnivorous leeches, Italian food and secret organizations, then stay, as I retrace each and every one of the Baudelaire children's woeful steps. My name is Lemony Snicket, and it is my sad duty to document this tale."
A tad long, i know.

Also, these i like:
"It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife." - Jane Austin's "Pride and Prejudice"

"My father took one hundred and thirty-two minutes to die" - on the Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta (extremely depressing, i know, but man oh man did that line capture me...)

And the opening line of one of my favourite movies, 'Sturdust'
"A philosopher once asked, "Are we human because we gaze at the stars, or do we gaze at them because we are human?" Pointless, really...”Do the stars gaze back?" Now *that's* a question."

MELLY said...

I think this would be the best ever first line for a novel. Maybe I'll write one...

"Cynthia didn't know why she liked scorpions so much, any more than she knew why people crossed the road when they saw her coming towards them on the street."

Chyeah. You know it.

Also, I always wondered where a story would lead if the first line was:
"Roy is a homo."

Don't lie, you'd totally keep reading.