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davidf
Davidf  (Level: 102.1 - Posts: 746)
Fri, 12th Sep '08 10:36 AM

FAVOURITE OPENING LINES

Can be a film, book, song etc

I like

Marley was dead to begin with

A Christmas Carol

rowlanda
Rowlanda  (Level: 70.0 - Posts: 2856)
Fri, 12th Sep '08 10:38 AM

I remember, I remember the house where I was born

joshua1
Joshua1  (Level: 4.6 - Posts: 42)
Fri, 12th Sep '08 11:21 AM

Jeremiah was a bullfrog


Joy To The World by Three Dog Night

bbear
Bbear  (Level: 161.0 - Posts: 2301)
Fri, 12th Sep '08 11:23 AM

Hood. Past and Present

Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.

smokydevil
Smokydevil  (Level: 163.0 - Posts: 5381)
Fri, 12th Sep '08 11:53 AM

There was a boy called Eustace Clarence Scrubb, and he almost deserved it.- The Voyage of the Dawn Treader


maurlin
Maurlin  (Level: 213.3 - Posts: 2671)
Fri, 12th Sep '08 11:55 AM

Anna Karenina

"Once upon a time there was a Martian named Valentine Michael Smith." (One of my all-time favorites)

fatsa
Fatsa  (Level: 40.8 - Posts: 44)
Fri, 12th Sep '08 11:56 AM

“It is a truth universally acknowledged that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife”


Jane Austen- Pride and Prejudice (I LOVE this book!)

erin0620
Erin0620  (Level: 77.2 - Posts: 737)
Fri, 12th Sep '08 11:57 AM

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.
—Gabriel García Márquez, One Hundred Years of Solitude

donden
Donden  (Level: 112.5 - Posts: 2127)
Fri, 12th Sep '08 1:04 PM

In the summer of 1967, when I was ten years old, my father caved into my persistent pleas and took me to get my own dog--Marley & Me

pafork
Pafork  (Level: 132.0 - Posts: 537)
Fri, 12th Sep '08 3:35 PM

"The year was 2081, and everybody was finally equal."
--Kurt Vonnegut, Harrison Bergeron

ladyvol
Ladyvol  (Level: 205.3 - Posts: 5487)
Fri, 12th Sep '08 7:59 PM

"You must remember this a kiss is still a kiss, a sigh is just a sigh..."
As Time Goes By from Casablanca...

salzypat
Salzypat  (Level: 156.4 - Posts: 5316)
Fri, 12th Sep '08 9:25 PM

"Call me Ishmael." from Moby Dick

Just so you know what this simple question did to my day: I started thinking about this request for opening lines and one of the first books I remember reading as a child was "Tom the Bootblack" by Horatio Alger. So I looked online and found The Gutenberg Project, which had the full text online. The opening line wasn't real memorable so I read a little further... and a little more, and then one chapter turned into another chapter. So I spent my whole afternoon rereading that book. It was a good afternoon for reading a book (even one online); it was cloudy and dreary outside with occasional downpours.

This was the first book I have read in a long, long time. When I was working I proofread 15-20 pages of news five days a week and I just wasn't interested in reading when I got home -- plus I was so tired I would read a page or two and fall asleep.

When I was a child I read everything I could get my hands on, including Tom the Bootblack, which was written probably about 1900 and written for young teenage boys. It had been given to my father for some special occasion, maybe Christmas. The general theme of the book is that hard work and honesty pays off in the end.

donden
Donden  (Level: 112.5 - Posts: 2127)
Fri, 12th Sep '08 9:50 PM

" How do you feel this morning, Jacob?--Tom the Bootblack

Copyright 1889 by A.L. Burt

papermanbill
Papermanbill  (Level: 41.3 - Posts: 1313)
Sat, 13th Sep '08 5:56 AM

"They asked me how I knew,your true love was true".

From the song, "Smoke gets in your eyes."

koota
Koota  (Level: 181.9 - Posts: 2104)
Sat, 13th Sep '08 10:44 AM

"In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit. Not a nasty, dirty, wet hole, filled with the ends of worms and an oozy smell, nor yet a dry, bare, sandy hole with nothing in it to sit down on or to eat: it was a hobbit-hole, and that means comfort."

"The Hobbit" by J.R.R. Tolkien

This first line drew me and I didn't stop reading until I had finished "The Hobbit" and "The Lord of the Rings" trilogy. I was a freshman in high school at the time. I am pretty sure that this reading binge is directly responsible for my poor grade in Algebra!

LOL

smoke20
Smoke20  (Level: 62.6 - Posts: 2815)
Sat, 13th Sep '08 10:54 AM

"I am doomed to remember a boy with a wrecked voice - not because of his voice, or because he was the smallest person I ever knew, or even because he was the instrument of my mother's death, but because he is the reason I believe in God; I am a Christian because of Owen Meany."

knerd
Knerd  (Level: 99.0 - Posts: 1141)
Sat, 13th Sep '08 12:03 PM

Donna, I love that book. A Prayer for Owen Meany is a great book - you should try it if you haven't read it!

smoke20
Smoke20  (Level: 62.6 - Posts: 2815)
Sat, 13th Sep '08 12:04 PM

In my all-time top 10 - lost track of how many I've given as gifts.

sandracam
Sandracam  (Level: 149.3 - Posts: 4190)
Sat, 13th Sep '08 3:03 PM

one of my faves too. they sure wrecked the movie version though--couldn't watch it.

smoke20
Smoke20  (Level: 62.6 - Posts: 2815)
Sat, 13th Sep '08 3:07 PM

Never saw it - thanks for the warning.

Three-hanky book, for real.

sandracam
Sandracam  (Level: 149.3 - Posts: 4190)
Sat, 13th Sep '08 4:40 PM

"All this happened, more or less"

Vonnegut Slaughterhouse-five


"The sun shone brightly, having no alternative, on the nothing new".

Beckett Murphy

lettermanfan1
Lettermanfan1  (Level: 88.3 - Posts: 486)
Sat, 13th Sep '08 10:10 PM

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning.


Gospel of John

Does it get any more intriguing than that?

Leah

sandracam
Sandracam  (Level: 149.3 - Posts: 4190)
Sat, 13th Sep '08 10:17 PM

I like to think so.

bradd
Bradd  (Level: 193.7 - Posts: 43)
Sat, 13th Sep '08 10:29 PM

"I was born in the house my father built".

Not only scans beautifully, but resonates universally.

smoke20
Smoke20  (Level: 62.6 - Posts: 2815)
Sat, 13th Sep '08 10:58 PM

Yeah, but then it goes on.

eesusbejesus
Eesusbejesus  (Level: 75.0 - Posts: 3645)
Sat, 13th Sep '08 10:59 PM

In our family, there was no clear line between religion and fly fishing.

Norman Maclean - "A River Runs Through It."


sandracam
Sandracam  (Level: 149.3 - Posts: 4190)
Sat, 13th Sep '08 11:13 PM

I really like that one.

eesusbejesus
Eesusbejesus  (Level: 75.0 - Posts: 3645)
Sat, 13th Sep '08 11:24 PM

Great book, great movie.

bradd
Bradd  (Level: 193.7 - Posts: 43)
Sat, 13th Sep '08 11:42 PM

True.

fudypatootie
Fudypatootie  (Level: 197.2 - Posts: 1302)
Sun, 14th Sep '08 1:28 AM

It was a pleasure to burn.

Fahrenheit 451

snakes
Snakes  (Level: 219.6 - Posts: 101)
Sun, 14th Sep '08 5:17 AM

It is not a heart: light, heavy, kind or broken; dear, hard, bleeding or transplanted; it is not a heart.

"Even Cowgirls Get the Blues" - Tom Robbins

donden
Donden  (Level: 112.5 - Posts: 2127)
Sun, 14th Sep '08 12:12 PM

Planning is a very important part of travel. Just ask Amelia Earhart.-- --Dave Barry's Only Travel Guide You Will Ever Need.

donden
Donden  (Level: 112.5 - Posts: 2127)
Sun, 14th Sep '08 8:57 PM

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief,
"A Tale of Two Cities" (My wife's favorite.)

davidf
Davidf  (Level: 102.1 - Posts: 746)
Mon, 15th Sep '08 9:14 AM

Two Households both alike in dignity

Romeo and Juliet

garrybl
Garrybl  (Level: 279.5 - Posts: 6641)
Mon, 15th Sep '08 9:22 AM

“It was the afternoon of my eighty-first birthday, and I was in bed with my catamite when Ali announced that the archbishop had come to see me.”

Burgess, Anthony. Earthly Powers.



erin0620
Erin0620  (Level: 77.2 - Posts: 737)
Mon, 15th Sep '08 3:26 PM

“Very early in my life it was too late.” – Marguerite Duras "The Lover"

tuzilla
Tuzilla  (Level: 134.1 - Posts: 3778)
Mon, 15th Sep '08 3:36 PM

"I was born on the day I graduated from high school."

chickfbref1
Chickfbref1  (Level: 120.7 - Posts: 2012)
Mon, 15th Sep '08 5:54 PM

My name is Lester Burnham. This is my neighborhood; this is my street; this is my life. I am 42 years old; in less than a year I will be dead. Of course I don't know that yet, and in a way, I am dead already.


smoke20
Smoke20  (Level: 62.6 - Posts: 2815)
Mon, 15th Sep '08 6:01 PM

American Beauty?

barb1111
Barb1111  (Level: 104.1 - Posts: 215)
Mon, 15th Sep '08 6:32 PM

"Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again".

Rebecca - Daphne Du Maurier.


chickfbref1
Chickfbref1  (Level: 120.7 - Posts: 2012)
Mon, 15th Sep '08 6:39 PM

Oops sry...you got it Smokey


papajensai
Papajensai  (Level: 193.1 - Posts: 1025)
Mon, 15th Sep '08 8:21 PM

"In another time's forgotten space
Your eyes looked from your mother's face..."

Franklin's Tower
Robert Hunter/Jerry Garcia

sargon
Sargon  (Level: 112.0 - Posts: 1256)
Mon, 15th Sep '08 8:41 PM


Get your motor runnin'
Head out on the highway
Lookin' for adventure
And whatever comes our way

BORN TO BE WILD
Steppenwolf


donden
Donden  (Level: 112.5 - Posts: 2127)
Tue, 16th Sep '08 2:14 PM

There is nothing wrong with your television set. Do not attempt to adjust the picture. We are controlling transmission.

"The Outer Limits'

donden
Donden  (Level: 112.5 - Posts: 2127)
Tue, 16th Sep '08 2:19 PM

You unlock this door with the key of imagination. Beyond it is another dimension...

"The Twilight Zone"

1mks
1mks  (Level: 210.9 - Posts: 5883)
Tue, 16th Sep '08 2:52 PM

"As Gregor Samsa awoke one morning from uneasy dreams he found himself transformed in his bed into a gigantic insect."
- Franz Kafka, The Metamorphosis I never see a dumb roach that I don't think of this.

"As long ago as 1860 it was the proper thing to be born at home." The Curious Case of Benjamin Button by Fitzgerald This is coming out as a movie with Brad Pitt and Cate Blanchett.....should be interesting at the least.

okuome1
Okuome1  (Level: 33.0 - Posts: 89)
Tue, 16th Sep '08 9:19 PM

Money can buy you a fine dog, but only love can make him wag his tail.

Kinky Friedman



pennwoman
Pennwoman  (Level: 155.2 - Posts: 2478)
Tue, 16th Sep '08 9:57 PM

Not an opening line. Nothing profound. Just highly amusing to wait for it whenever my daughter and I would hear "Werewolves of London"

Little old lady got mutilated late last night

ah, alliteration.

okuome1
Okuome1  (Level: 33.0 - Posts: 89)
Tue, 16th Sep '08 10:01 PM

Warren Zevon
1 kewl kat

markieboy
Markieboy  (Level: 259.5 - Posts: 198)
Wed, 17th Sep '08 4:48 AM

It was the day my grandmother exploded. I sat in the crematorium, listening to my Uncle Hamish quietly snoring in harmony to Bach's Mass in B Minor, and I reflected that it always seemed to be death that drew me back to Gallanach.


oldprop
Oldprop  (Level: 180.1 - Posts: 6)
Wed, 17th Sep '08 10:03 AM

April is the cruellest month, breeding



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