Top 5 Tuesday is hosted by Shanah – The Bionic Book Worm. This week the topic is ‘Top 5 Opening Lines’. This one was a hard one for me because I give away most of my books once I’ve finished them, so I’m sure there were LOADS of amazing first lines I could have put, but these were the main ones that came to me.
Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone
“Mr. and Mrs. Dursley, of number four, Privet Drive, were proud to say that they were perfectly normal, thank you very much.”
I’ve always loved this line because the fact that the Dursleys have to explain that they’re normal shows that they’re the complete opposite…
The Hunger Games
“When I wake up, the other side of the bed is cold.”
Lots of people wake up to an empty bed, so it’s nothing out of the ordinary, but in the context of the book it has a sense of foreboding. I remember reading this and thinking ‘Shit is about to go down!’ And I was right.
The Great Gatsby
‘In my younger and more vulnerable years my father gave me some advice that I’ve been turning over in my mind ever since.
Whenever you feel like criticizing anyone, he told me, just remember that all the people in this world haven’t had the advantages that you’ve had.‘
Come on, this has got to be one the best opening lines in history, right?
Ready Player One
‘Everyone my age remembers where they were and what they were doing when they first heard about the contest.’
I didn’t think I’d like Ready Player One because I’m not into games at all. But it had me hooked from the first line.
The Big Short
‘The willingness of a Wall Street investment bank to pay me hundreds of thousands of dollars to dispense investment advice to grown-ups remains a mystery to me to this day.’
This is a bit of a geeky one. I work in the finance industry so I’m a bit of a nerd when it comes to finance. This is the opening line of ‘The Big Short’. The money that can be made in finance is INSANE and this book details how people exploited it for their own means and left loads of innocent people up the creek with no paddle (to put it politely).