Time to play... Name That Line!
There are some debates over the importance of an opening line for a story. Some people think the opening line should stand alone as a hook (or at least example of the author's writing skill) and others don't consider the opening line as that important. I thought for this week's Thursday Thirteen we'd play a little game. Here are 13 opening lines from books and below are the 13 books they come from. Can you guess which is which? Of these - which one is your favorite?
(Note: If there was a prologue, I skipped and went to the first line of chapter 1)
1. The ghastly, corpse-pale face appeared suddenly, materializing out of the depths of the fathomless darkness like some demonic guardian set to protect forbidden secrets.
2. The man in black fled across the desert, and the gunslinger followed.
3. The scent of slaughter, some believe, can linger in a place for years.
4. "Dear Deverell, of course I know exactly the right lady for you."
5. Mr. and Mrs. Dursley, of number four, Privet Drive, were proud to say that they were perfectly normal, thank you very much.
6. "Vicious little beasts, aren't they?"
7. On the night the Underworld put a contract out on me, a crescent moon dangled overhead like a celestial fishook and stars bobbed in the sky.
8. On his thirty-sixth birthday, May 18, Travis Corell rose at five o'clock in the morning.
10. My name is Odd Thomas, though in this age when fame is the altar at which most people worship, I am not sure why you should care who I am or that I exist.
11. Eragon knelt in a bed of trampled reed grass and scanned the tracks with a practiced eye.
13. The first thing the boy Garion remembered was the kitchen at Faldor's farm.
(Ok, I've given you some easy ones... and some not so easy ones. Let's see if you can match the book to the opening line.)
Here are the books these lines come from:
Odd Thomas by Dean Koontz
Dawn of Prophecy by David Eddings
Eragon by Chris Paolini
Hunting Fear by Kay Hooper
The Paid Companion by Amanda Quick
The Loop by Nicholas Evans
To Distraction by Stephanie Laurens
The Gunslinger by Stephen King
Hunter by James Byron Huggins
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by Rowling
Hell's Belles by Jackie Kessler
The Rest Falls Away by Colleen Gleason
Watchers by Dean Koontz