Time to test your first line mettle. Which book goes with which first line? I tried to mix it up with well known and “figure it out”. If you want to check, the answers are at the bottom. Don’t peak until you are ready!
First Lines —–
1. Many years later, as he faced the firing squad, Colonel Aureliano Buendia was to remember that distant afternoon when his father took him to discover ice.
2. Charlie Asher walked the earth like an ant walks on the surface of water, as if the slightest misstep might send him plummeting through the surface to be sucked to the depths below.
3. Nobody was really surprised when it happened, not really, not at the subconscious level where the savage things grow.
4. Tonight, he could have come through the door – the castello is quiet, even the servants asleep in their beds, and Nurse would have let him in – but he chooses the window, climbing through the tangle of night flowers, carrying petals in on his clothes.
5. On the morning of April Fools’ Day, 2005, I woke up in a sexual addiction treatment center in a suburb of Philadelphia.
A. A Dirty Job by Christopher Moore
B. Juliet Immortal by Stacey Jay
C. One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
D. My Booky Wook by Russell Brand
E. Carrie by Stephen King
It is funny, I went through a TON of books on my shelf for first lines, and many of them are not them memorable, or mention the title right away or something. Do you think a first line should be memorable? Do you even notice them when you start a book and reflect or do you read right over it? As a writer do you agonize about it at all?
1C, 2A, 3E, 4B, 5D