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T5W: Favourite First Lines

118368I like doing a quick Top 5 Wednesday, and this week is such a good one that I couldn’t resist! This week, T5W is favourite first lines from books. And unlike some weeks, it was quite simple, no ruling things out and no struggling to think of the last option. Once again, there is a children’s book theme. I just can’t help it:

  1. ”All children, except one, grow up” Peter Pan J M Barrie
  2. ”It’s a funny thing about mothers and fathers. Even when their own child is the most disgusting little blister you could ever imagine, they still think that he or she is wonderful.” Matila Roald Dahl
  3. ”If you are interested in stories with happy endings, you would be better off reading some other book. In this book, not only is there no happy ending, there is no happy beginning and very few happy things in the middle.” The Bad Beginning (A Series of Unfortunate Events) Lemony Snicket
  4. ”Congratulations! Today is your day. You’re off to Great Places! You’re off and away!” Oh, the Places You’ll Go! Dr. Seuss
  5. ”Once Upon a Time” Grimm’s Fairy Tales Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm



5 thoughts on “T5W: Favourite First Lines”

  1. Woeful choice.

    in no particular order:

    P&P “It is a truth ….”

    1984 “It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen.”

    A Tale of two Cities ” 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.”

    Anna Karenina “Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.”

    The Go-Between “The past is a foreign country; they do things differently there.”

    And of course, “When he was nearly thirteen, my brother Jem got his arm broken badly at the elbow.”


    1. It doesn’t say ”The greatest of all time, or the most recognisable” it says favourite. These are my favourite, those may be yours, neither list is a woeful choice


      1. They’re amongst my favourites, criticism still holds.

        Which books have best opening AND closing lines?

        ‘A Tale of two Cities’ is in with a good shout, pity I don’t like what’s between the first/last lines.


  2. I think your Pop was a little hard on your there! Favorite anythings are so hard to quantify!

    Peter Pan is such a good book, and that first line is so all-encompassing, it’s definitely top of my list too!


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