Here’s another idea about memorable first lines from books.
What are your favorite first sentences from books? Is there a book that you liked specially because of its first sentence? Or a book, perhaps that you didn’t like but still remember simply because of the first line?
I was going to do a Booking through Thursday post today.
I don’t think anyone will hate or love a book just because of the first line.
I really cannot remember the first lines of any books I have read. Really. I am not very good at remembering dialogues from movies or favorite lines from books. I know people who can remember an entire scene of a movie dialogue by dialogue. J does that. Suddenly he’ll ask me, ‘Do you remember in so-and-so movie when the hero says this?’ and I am like ‘Not really’. I’ll make him narrate the entire scene and still I won’t remember it. Sad.
Same goes for books. The only line I remember is the one from Kite Runner.
‘Stealing is the biggest sin’. But I am not sure if that is the exact line. I remember it because J once read it aloud to me on the phone when I had urged him to read Kite Runner. He read half of it and then watched the movie instead, which I have to say, though nicely made, does not do half as justice to book.
So instead I’ll tell you about books where I loved the story but I hated the way it was written.
P.S. I love you. I really feel Cecelia Ahern is not a very good writer. At least the book suggests she isn’t. I am not a good writer myself but I can certainly recognize one. The subject matter was very good, the incidents, the structure was very good as well. But her writing was a put off.
Bridges of a Madison County. I know I have mentioned this before but I have never come across such bad writing ever. The subject of the book was not very bad though.
Does anybody think Twilight by Stephanie Meyer is not written well? I don’t. My sister does. I think she has hit her head on a wall.
P.S. Thanks to Pete for introducing me to the BTT site.