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Which of These Opening Lines is Your Favorite?

Sometimes the first line of a book just grabs you by the nostrils and drags your fool head into its pages, preventing escape in any way, shape or form. Which of these opening lines has its phalanges most firmly planted in your nasal cavities?

  • Which of these opening lines is your favorite?

    • “Mr and Mrs Dursley, of number four Privet Drive, were proud to say that they were perfectly normal, thank you very much.”_ Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J.K. Rowling
    • “He was born with a gift of laughter and a sense that the world was mad.” _ Scaramouche by Raphael Sabatini
    • “It is a truth universally acknowledged that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife.” _ Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
    • “It was a pleasure to burn.” _ Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
    • “I write this sitting in the kitchen sink.” _ I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith
    • “There was a boy called Eustace Clarence Scrubb, and he almost deserved it.” _ The Voyage of the Dawn Treader by C.S. Lewis
    • “In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit.” _ The Hobbit: Or There and Back Again by J.R.R. Tolkien
    • “If you really want to hear about it, the first thing you’ll probably want to know is where I was born, and what my lousy childhood was like, and how my parents were occupied and all before they had me, and all that David Copperfield kind of crap, but I don’t feel like going into it, if you want to know the truth.” _ The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
    • “It was a queer, sultry summer, the summer they electrocuted the Rosenbergs, and I didn’t know what I was doing in New York.” _ The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
    • “It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen.” 1984 by George Orwell
    • “All children, except one, grow up.” _ Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie
    • “He— for there could be no doubt of his sex, though the fashion of the time did something to disguise it— was in the act of slicing at the head of a Moor which swung from the rafters.” _ Orlando by Virginia Woolf
    • “Somewhere in la Mancha, in a place whose name I do not care to remember, a gentleman lived not long ago, one of those who has a lance and ancient shield on a shelf and keeps a skinny nag and a greyhound for racing.” _ Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra

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