Are you the sort of reader who needs to be hooked from the very first sentence?
I believe myself a fairly forgiving reader. I will give the author enough time to get the story firing.
My most memorable opening lines, or line in an opening sequence, are:
“The man in black fled across the desert, and the gunslinger followed.” – ‘The Gunslinger’, Book 1 in the Dark Tower series, by Stephen King
“There are no beginnings or ends in the Wheel of Time, but it was a beginning.” – Most books in the Wheel of Time series, by Robert Jordan and Brandon Sanderson
“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.” – ‘The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy’, by Douglas Adams
“It is a truth universally acknowledged that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife.” – ‘Pride and Prejudice’, by Jane Austen
– Mo –
Here’s my attempt:
“[name removed] stood atop the Tower of Silence. She gazed out across the sprawling city, and beyond to the far horizons. One day, it would all be hers.”
– Mo –
What are your favourite literary opening lines or opening sequences?