I finally seem to be over my illness, which means I can lift my head off the pillow without feeling as though my lunch is fancying a meeting with my shoes. I came across a link at Practicing Writing to a site that contains a list of the 100 Best First Lines from Novels.
As with most of these types of lists, what makes a “best first line” is subjective. When I write, I tend to spend a lot of time trying to come up with something that will capture the reader’s imagination and get them to continue reading. Some on the list, like “Call me Ishmael.” which was #1 on the list don’t really make me want to continue reading. Other’s, like “It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife.” from Pride and Prejeduce really capture my interest. Once you get further on in the list, past the usual ” It was the best of times, it was the worst of times…” there are some pretty interesting first lines.
I think it would be an interesting project to see what types of diverse stories writers could come up with having these lines as inspiration.