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    Re: You Had Me At The First Line

    My non-cooperative memory won't dish up any first line that sold a story to me. I'm inclined to believe there hasn't been one.
    I'm familiar enough with the concept, but for me it's been a page, or at least a paragraph that demonstrated to me I was in for the duration from the git-go.
    There've been so many books that started out lackluster which proved themselves by the end, that I've come to recognize that not everyone is equally capable in beginning, carrying, or ending a story.

    Not all superior stories, in my view, are uniformly superior.
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    Re: You Had Me At The First Line

    I really liked Stephen King's The Gunslinger's first line -

    The Man in Black fled across the desert, and the Gunslinger followed

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    Best 'had me' First Line:

    "None of them knew the color of the sky." (The Open Boat, by Stephen Crane)

    First I read that story. Eventually I taught that story. Had those students read it twice and explain the difference in perceptions. They got it. Best opening line ever.

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    "Scarlett O'Hara was not beautiful, but men seldom realized it"
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    I don't think any of those first lines they mention would have caught me much.

    "We should start back," Gared urged as the woods began to grow dark around them. "The wildlings are dead."
    (Okay, technically it's two lines)
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    I don't usually give much thought to the first line of a book, but one recently grabbed me. "There are places I'll remember all my life - Red Square with a hot wind howling across it, my mother's bedroom on the wrong side of Eight Mile, the endless gardens of a fancy foster home, a man waiting to kill me in a group of ruins knows as the Theater of Death." I am Pilgrim by Terry Hayes.
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