When you read that first line you immediately know who wrote it and what book it hails from. Yes folks, first lines are as enigmatic as a woman's purse; as imponderable as Paris Hilton's IQ and as inspiring as a sun-kissed morning. It takes skill to create a good one, but far more so is what it says about the novel: its concept and voice.
My most favorite first line of all time comes from the writer Gabriel Garcia Marquez and the novel One Hundred Years of Solitude:
"Many years later, as he faced the firing squad, Colonel Aureliano Buendía was to remember that distant afternoon when his father took him to discover ice."
That is the most touching and heart pounding first line EVER! It evokes so many questions while immediately capturing our hearts; this man is about to die and all he could think of was the day his father took him to find ice. We feel for Aureliano even though we have no clue exactly why he is about to be killed. So...what do we do...? Read, of course. And that's the magic of this opening. It. Makes. You. Want. To. Read. More.
It is a truth universally acknowledged that a great first line hooks more readers than a blurb or cover art.
I can't wait to read the next great one that will make me all a flutter.
What's your favorite first line EVER?