Wednesday, November 17, 2010
WRITER WEDNESDAY: First Sentences
I love a first sentence hook. I love writing them and I love reading them. We all know how important the first five pages are - to get your reader into the book and relating to the character. But there's something magical about that first sentence and what it foretells.
I decided to grab some of the YA books off my shelf and share their first sentences with you! (And this will give you an idea of the kind of books I read!) These are the first sentences of the book - whether it be a prologue or first chapter.
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (J.K. Rowling)
Mr. and Mrs. Dursley, of number four, Privet Drive, were proud to say that they were perfectly normal, thank you very much.
Hush Hush (Becca Fitzpatrick)
Chauncey was with a farmer's daughter on the grassy banks of the Loire River when the storm rolled in, and having let his gelding wander in the meadow, was left to his own two feet to carry him back to the chateau.
Fallen (Lauren Kate)
Around midnight, her eyes at last took shape.
Paranormalcy (Kiersten White)
"Wait - did you - You just yawned!"
Clockwork Angel (Cassandra Clare)
The demon exploded in a shower of ichor and guts.
Incarceron (Catherine Fisher)
Finn had been flung on his face and chained to the stone slabs of the transitway.
The Scorch Trials (James Dashner)
She spoke to him before the world fell apart.
The Hunger Games (Suzanne Collins)
When I wake up, the other side of the bed is cold.
And (just for the heck of it) here's my first sentence for Shoreline:
Jocelyn stared at the guy sitting across the table from her, wondering how he’d react later – when he was drowning.
So which of these first sentences want to make you read more? And feel free to share your first sentence below!