I read an article recently in which Stephen King talked about the importance of opening lines. They can either pull in or push away a potential reader. So, I thought I would check a few opening lines of some of my favorite novels to see how they stack up. Tell me what you think. What is your favorite opening line?
“Scarlett O’Hara was not beautiful, but men seldom realized it when caught by her charm as the Tarleton twins were.” Gone With the Wind
“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 Sorcerer’s Stone
“Left Munich at 8.35 p.m. on 1st May, arriving at Vienna early next morning; should have arrived 6.46, but train was an hour late.” Dracula
“When she began to stir from her deep slumber, she had no idea she was buried under several feet of moist, dark earth.” Pretty When She Dies
“It wasn’t a very likely place for disappearances, at least at first glance.” Outlander
“The man in black fled across the desert, and the gunslinger followed.” The Gunslinger