I thought I would share with you paragraphs that consistently top the polls for best opening lines of novels:
“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
“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair.” A Tale of Two Cities
Me, I prefer something that cuts straight to the quick:
“Mary Fisher lives in a High Tower, on the edge of the sea; she writes a great deal about the nature of love. She tells lies.”
Ouch! Points will be awarded to anyone who can identify the novel.