“It was a dark and stormy night.”
The classic first line of a good book. (Which also happens to be the first line of Madeleine L’Engle’s A Wrinkle in Time.) It can make or break your impression of a book. Will it be love at first sight? Or will it end up under your bed living with dust bunnies and used Kleenex? Is it going to be an adventure? Tragedy? Hilarious diary? You can tell a lot about a book by its first line.
For example, the line “When I wake up, the other side of the bed is cold.” What book is this you may wonder? Elementary, my dear Watson, it’s the first line of Suzanne Collins’ The Hunger Games (for ages 12 and up).
Or how about “Two men appeared out of nowhere, a few yards apart in the narrow, moonlit lane.” None other than the first line from Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.
Try “First of all, let me get something straight: This is a JOURNAL, not a diary.” This is from the one and only. . . Diary of a Wimpy Kid.
This one I also like, “The sky was the color of cat vomit.” Can you guess? It’s Scott Westerfeld’s first line from Uglies (for ages 12 and up).
I could go on and on, but I’d rather hear from you guys! For today’s Writing Prompt, if you were writing a book, what would your opening line be? Be as crazy as you want to be. You never know – all you budding writers could say you wrote it here first! Leave your First Line in the Comments below!
—Ratha, Stacks Writer