Interesting, Funny Yet Amazing First Lines

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Opening lines are difficult to master. Yet these make the process seem effortless.

Breaking Up

Author: Bill Manville

“I don’t know how other men feel about their wives walking out on them, but I helped mine pack.”

Pride & Prejudice & Zombies

Author: Seth Grahame-Smith

“It is a truth universally acknowledged that a zombie in possession of brains must be in want of more brains.”

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Seven Up

Author: Janet Evanovich

“For the better part of my childhood, my professional aspirations were simple–I wanted to be an intergalactic princess.”

An Abundance Of Katherines

Author: John Green

“The morning after noted child prodigy Colin Singleton graduated from high school and got dumped for the 19th time by a girl named Katherine, he took a bath. Colin had always preferred baths.”


Author: Ha Jin

“Every summer Lin Kong returned to Goose Village to divorce his wife, Shuyu.”

The Princess Bride

Author: William Goldman

“This is my favorite book in all the world, though I have never read it.”


Author: Roald Dahl

“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.”

Do you have any to add to the list?

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