A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away… hold on. Okay – try again, once upon a time there lived… just a minute, hold up there cowboy. That opening line rings a bell.
Stephen King said in an interview, an opening line should invite the reader to begin the story. It should say – Listen. Come in here. You want to know about this. Of course, opening lines don’t always have to be snappy to grab the readers attention: take for instance the famous opening lines of J.D Salinger’s novel: The Catcher in the Rye.
“If you really want to hear about it, the first thing you’ll probably want to know is where I was born, and what my lousy childhood was like, and how my parents were occupied and all before they had me, and all that David Copperfield kind of crap, but I don’t feel like going into it, if you want to know the truth.”
If you haven’t captured the readers attention within the first few lines, then the prospective reader has gone. I believe a good opening line really begins with voice. You hear people talk about voice a lot. An appealing voice achieves an intimate connection.
Perfect first lines take many shapes and forms. Keep searching until you find it, because when you do, it will hook your reader through the rest of your story.
Five Funny Opening Lines
Below are 5 opening lines I picked out from a blog I came across that was titled “Bad Romance Novel Opening Lines.” I’m not sure if “bad” is the right word, I actually found them funny, and they do grab your attention.