Hello people! Time for another discussion. This one is about first lines. And there's a nice little quiz for you to test your first-line-remembering-abilities.
I don't know about you guys, but I don't tend to put a lot of stock into first lines. I mean, sure, if there's an attention grabbing first line, that might make you more likely to keep reading the book, but in most cases, it really doesn't matter whether or not the first line is interesting or not. It's really the rest of the book that's much more important. I mean, look at this line:
There is one mirror in my house.I guess that's an okay first line, but is it particularly compelling? Does it make you go 'OH MY GOSH I MUST FIND OUT WHY THERE IS ONE MIRROR IN THE HOUSE!!'? Frankly, for me, not really. However, this is the first line of a book that many, many people, including me, love (and in fact the third book in this series is coming out quite soon). If we were to judge the entire book by this first line though, I mean, it's a bit boring isn't it? And that's why the first line of a book (the one which authors are tormented over and devote much time to perfect) unfortunately doesn't really tend to have that much of an impact on my opinion of a book.
Anyway, quiz time. Some of these are quite obvious, as they have characters' names in them, but I thought I'd give you some easy ones along with some more difficult ones. And if you get stuck, keep scrolling, there are some hints as well. I'm not going to include the answers in this one- try answer in comments (and don't cheat by looking at other peoples' comments :P) and I'll reply if you get any wrong!
1. Alice was beginning to get very tired of sitting by her sister on the bank, and of having nothing to do: once or twice she peeped into the book her sister was reading, but it had no pictures or conversations in it, 'and what is the use of a book,' thought Alice, 'without pictures or conversation?'
2. "You've got to be kidding me," the bouncer said, folding his arm across his massive chest.
3. Late in the winter of my seventeenth year, my mother decided I was depressed, presumably because I rarely left the house, spent quite a lot of time in bed, read the same book over and over, ate infrequently, and devoted quite a bit of my abundant free time to thinking about death.
4. The screw through Cinder's ankle had rusted, the engraved cross marks worn to a mangled circle.
5. All children, except one, grow up.
6. Mr and Mrs Dursley, of number four, Privet Drive, were proud to say that they were perfectly normal, thank you very much.
7. Look, I didn't want to be a half-blood.
8. Walking to school over the snow-muffled cobbles, Karou had no sinister premonitions about the day.
9. The week before I left my family and Florida and the rest of my minor life to go to boarding school in Alabama, my mother insisted on throwing me a going-away party.
10. When Mr. Bilbo Baggins of Bag End annonced that he would shortly be celebrating his eleventy-first birthday with a party of special magnificence, there was much talk and excitement in Hobbiton.
11. If you are interested in stories with happy endings, you would be better off reading some other book.
12. There is one mirror in my house.
Hints if you need them (these are pretty obvious, so hopefully you'll get them haha)
1. Alice. ALICE. Come on, man!
2. The bouncer is bouncer-ing a club named Pandemonium
3. Why would someone feel depressed? Further really obvious hint if needed: BECAUSE THEY HAVE CANCER.
4. Surely you don't need a hint for this one.
5. Flying. Lost people. Hooks.
6. Nope, no hint for this one, buddy.
7. A half-blood is also known as a demigod.
8. Wishbones. Angels and demons.
9. One might say the protagonist is looking for something.
10. I might get him a ring for a birthday present.
11. Wow that is a really bad start to a book and series. How unfortunate.
12. As I said before, the third book in this series is coming out very soon.