Happy Wednesday all,
For this weeks top 4 Wednesday it is Favorite First Sentences.
What is great about first sentences is that it sets the mood for the book and makes you want to keep reading.
“When I think of my wife, I always think of her head.” from Gone Girl
When I first read Gone Girl, this line stood out for me because it had a mystery behind it. It introduced both Nick and his Wife Amy. It was also the first line of the movie as well and that really set the tone of how the movie is.
“Mr and Mrs Dursley, of number four Privet Drive, were proud to say that they were perfectly normal, thank you very much.” from Harry Potter and the Sorecers Stone
What I liked about that first sentence, is that it introduced the Dursleys as a normal family who don’t know that their lives are about to change.
“He began his new life standing up, surrounded by cold darkness and stale, dusty air” from the Maze Runner
I know a lot of people didn’t really like the series, but I really did. What I liked about that sentence was that it set up the plot of the book and also the mystery about the book. How the character feels a sense of unknown when waking up in a new place.
“This is what I remember. My lips were cut. I bit down on them as he grabbed me from behind and covered my mouth” From Lucky by ALice Sebold
While a very triggering line. It was a very powerful sentence and changed Alice Sebolds life, as she was about to get assaulted.
“MOON. GLORIOUS MOON. FULL, FAT, REDDISH moon, the night as light as day, the moonlight flooding down across the land and bringing joy, joy, joy. Bringing too the full-throated call of the tropical night, the soft and wild voice of the wind roaring through the hairs on your arm, the hollow wail of starlight, the teeth-grinding bellow of the moonlight off the water” from Darkly Dreamy Dexter
This was an excellent first sentence. It sets upon the eerie tone of Dexter, and it goes inside his head and what a serial killer is thinking. It made me a fan of both the book and the show.
There’s my list. What are your favorite first sentences. Let me know in the comments below.