Wednesday, August 13, 2008
There is something very delicious about picking up a fresh story. Something amazing about tearing into a new journey, opening the crisp pages to read the first lines of a story ready to feed on your energy. The first lines of a book have been on the topic of authors blogs for a little while now and I’m wondering whether anyone knows if there has been some festival celebrating these fantastic lines or something that’s coming up? If not I believe there needs to be celebration! Now, if you ask me what my favourite first line is that’s pretty hard right?! But if we all look hard enough and give our own opinions of a couple we both cherish, I think that Blind Sisters can come to a final best first line. That is, if enough people comment. So Blind Sisters ask you:
What is your favourite first line?
Remember, don’t just look at books. These can be poems or anything in literature in general like plays etc. Who knows, you might find a nice first line from a book you studied in school. Come on what about The Kite Runner!? “I became what I am today at the age of twelve, on a frigid overcast day in the winter of 1975.” And whoever said you couldn’t take excerpts from books that don’t exist! People who have read “Hotel Sorrento” the play or even seen the movie (1995) would remember the book Meg Molyhan wrote “Melancholy” and the first lines that said “In the autumn, the dusk fell gently. She sat at the end of the jetty listening to the tinkling of the masts and the water lapping at the poles. The jetty creaked at the joints and the boats bobbed about deserted now. There was a nip in the air”
Pretty imagery. And now I leave it up to you! I will be writing some entries every now and then while also commenting on your suggestions for the best first lines.
Catch you and thank you for taking a part in this celebration!
The Blind Sisters