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Umai Hoshifairyniamh on August 23rd, 2014 06:00 pm (UTC)
I was surprised that my personal choice (Or I should say the one that came to mind when I first started to read the article.) was not amongst the list. "Call me Ishmael," was the standard go to for more than few. Huh.

In case you are curious the first one to go through my mind was:

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, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were all going direct to Heaven, we were all going direct the other way- in short, the period was so far like the present period, that some of its noisiest authorities insisted on its being received, for good or for evil, in the superlative degree of comparison only. ~A Tale of Two Cities, Charles Dickens~

After reading, I thought on my choice of opening sentences that I enjoy. It is vastly different.

One of the few redeeming facets of instructors,I thought, is that occasionally they can be fooled. ~Another Fine Myth, Robert Asprin~

In defense of my choice, I had started reading the Myth Series as I entered the 8th grade. I wondered if that was true and swiftly discovered that it was. I also learned to use it in moderation. XD

Thank you for sharing. I wonder, what is your favorite first line?

Edited at 2014-08-23 06:04 pm (UTC)
Are 6 dogs too many?: Belle at Bookstoretkeylasunset on August 23rd, 2014 07:51 pm (UTC)
Another Fine Myth is an awesome book! I loved the series when I read it!!

I have to categorize my "favorites." I didn't know what my favorite was so I googled "most famous first lines." Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy won hand's down:

Far out in the uncharted backwaters of the unfashionable end of the Western Spiral arm of the Galaxy lies a small unregarded yellow sun. Orbiting this at a distance of roughly ninety-eight million miles is an utterly insignificant little blue-green planet whose ape-descended life forms are so amazingly primitive that they still think digital watches are a pretty neat idea.

So sarcastic. So sardonic. Perfect!!

My favorite children's book is Where the Wild Things Are and it has the perfect opening sentence, which takes four or five pages to be complete:
The night Max wore his wolf suit and made mischief of one kind and another his mother called him 'WILD THING!' and Max said 'I'LL EAT YOU UP!' so he was sent to bed without eating anything.

I also love "It was a dark and stormy night..." it all its convoluted, overblown glory!!