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Wednesday, August 13, 2008

First Lines



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!

Jinx xx

The Blind Sisters

5 comments:

Jess said...

What about A Passage to India:

"Except for the Marabar Caves - and they are twenty miles off - the city of Chandrapore presents nothing extraordinary."

It's a great first line.

It sums up THE ENTIRE BOOK.

GAH.

My real favourite is The Hitchhikers' Guide to the Galaxy:

"Far out in the uncharted backwaters of the unfashionable end of the western spiral arm of the Galaxy lies a small unregarded yellow sun."

Which sums up our position quite nicely, I think. :)

Helsinki + Jinx said...

i totaly agree jess! i was looking up first lines and found that one as well! i thought of you ^^

as for passage to india....dont talk to me...

i kid. but we'll put it on the list!

jinx xx

the blind sisters

Tory said...

I'm really picky about books. If it doesn't grab me by the first page, i won't bother reading the rest...
But a Kafka book i've been wanting to read for a while opens with:
"As Gregor Samsa awoke one morning from uneasy dreams he found himself transformed in his bed into a monstrous vermin (cockroach or other large bug)."
It's always a grand surprise to find out you woke up one day only to be turned into a ginormous bug!!!!
Basically the book is about that. A guy wakes up one day to find out he has transformed into a hug cockroach. Juicy stuff!!
Check it out. It's called 'metamorphosis' (i'm still trying to hunt it down)

Probably the most famous of them all are Dicken's first lines to 'Great Expectations'
"It was the best of times, it was the worst of times"

Film wise, even though this is not EXACTLY the opening line, more like, the 5th or so sentence:
"the greatest thing you'll ever learn is just to love and be loved in return"

I'll try and think of more, but these ones just came from my head!
nice idea though!

Helsinki + Jinx said...

ah of course tory who could forget about moulin rouge!

that books sounds awesome! sounds like one of those short stories we used to read in literature. those were the best of times....and never the worst of times

hehe

very nice we shall write those down!
thanks sweet cheeks!

Tory said...

Haha! no problem!! there are so much more though! i just can't think about them at the top of my head!!
Although, Kat should be writing down in 'best opening of film lines' the beginning to Lord of the rings, you know 'one ring to rule them all... etc'
haha! She knows it off by heart :)

Yeah! it seems really good! very much so a more less weird version of the cat lover i must say!!!

I'll think of more and post back with my thoughts!!!