It being the first week back, we need a contest to get us in the spirit of things! And it needs to be a literary one!
Hence, I am proud to announce our first ever:
"Greatest First Line of a Novel Contest"
Here are the rules:
- Submissions should be made as replies to this post.
- Each submission should include: 1) name of the author; 2) title of the book; and 3) a quotation of the first line.
- One submission per student.
- Submissions cannot repeat earlier submissions (You can't reuse one that has already been submitted, though a different book by the same author is permissible). Be the first one to get in your pick!
- Alas, you cannot use a "Tale of Two Cities" (Mr. Rolling's choice) because it was discussed in History of Modern Times today.
But here is how to make your submissions:
Charles Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities, "It was the best of times, it was the worst of times." (Here is the author at work!)
- The deadline for submission is next Friday, January 19th at midnight.
Best of luck to all!
Ok, can the first line be in the prologue or does it have to be the first CHAPTER? Or, could it be either one? AND, Mrs. Church, do you think when the best quote has been decided you could also post the second and third winners, just to see who receives those titles? Thanks! This competition looks challenging but fun! Have a wonderful new year everyone!!! Thanks again!!!
Yeah, I was also wondering if it has to be the prologue or the first chapter.
Fred Gipson,Old Yeller
"We called him Old Yeller."
"It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife."
J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit
"In a hole in the ground there lived a Hobbit."
"Things never turn out the way you think they will."
~Michael Crichton, The Prey, Chapter 1
Herman Melville, Moby-Dick, "Call me Ishmael."
G.K. Chesterton, The Napoleon of Notting Hill, “The human race, to which so many of my readers belong, has been playing at children's games from the beginning, and will probably do it till the end, which is a nuisance for the few people who grow up.”
Moses, The Book of Genesis, "In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth."
Brian Jacques, RedWall Martin the Warrior,
"Amid the deep white winter snow,
Sleeps Mossflow'r until spring,
While snug in Cavern Hole below,
All Redwall's creatures sing,
Old autumn gave us plenty,
Our harvest did not fail,
No plate or jug is empty,
There's good October ale."
Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol
"Marley was dead: to begin with."
Kenneth Grahame, The Wind in the Willows, "The Mole had been working very hard all the morning, spring-cleaning his little home."
Goodness, Vivianna! The same author posted at almost the same time. I guess great minds think alike.
Mark Twain, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, "NOTICE: Persons attempting to find a motive in this narrative will be prosecuted; persons attempting to find a moral in it will be banished; persons attempting to find a plot in it will be shot. BY ORDER OF THE AUTHOR, PER G. G., CHIEF OF ORDNANCE."
Dante Alighieri, The Divine Comedy, "Midway through life's journey, I went astray from the straight road and woke to find myself alone in a dark wood."
Homer, The Iliad: "Sing, goddess, the anger of Peleus' son Achilles, and its devastation."
J.R.R Tolkien, Beowulf: "Lo! the glory of the kings of the people of the Spear-Danes in days of old we have heard tell, how those princes did deeds of valor."
C. S. Lewis, 'The Voyage of the Dawn Treader.' "Once there was a boy named Eustace Scrubb, and he almost deserved it."
George Orwell, Animal Farm
"Mr. Jones, of the Manor Farm, had locked the hen houses for the night, but was too drunk to remember to shut the popholes."
Agatha Christie, And then there were none
"In the corner of a first class smoking carriage, Mr. justice Wargrave, lately retired from the bench puffed at a cigar and ran an interested eye through the political news in the Times."
How the Grinch Stole Christmas (in Latin) by Dr. Suess
Laetuli laetopoli florentes festo Christi natalicio valde delectati sunt omnes ad unum… At, pro dolor!
Dante Alighieri, The Divine Comedies: Paradise, "The glory of him who moves all things soe'er impenetrates the universe, and bright the splendor burns, more here and lesser there."
C.S. Lewis, The Magician's Nephew
"This is a story about something that happened long ago when your grandfather was a child."
Chris Colfer, The Land of Stories (An Author's Odyssey)
"The air was filled with so much smoke, you could barely see the sky."
Persuasion. By Jane Austen
Sir Walter Eliot, of Kellynch-hall, in Somerset-shire, was a man, who for his own amusement, never took up any book but the Baronetage; there he found occupation for an idle hour, and consolation in a distressed one.
The Ball and The Cross by GK Chesterton: "The flying ship of Professor Lucifer sang through the skies like a silver arrow; the bleak white steel of it, gleaming in the bleak blue emptiness of the evening."
Martha Byrd, A World in Flames: A concise history of World War II
We shall not capitulate - no, never. We may be destroyed, but if we are we shall drag a world with us - A World in Flames!
Adolf Hitler, 1932
"The cold passed reluctantly from the earth, and the retiring fogs revealed an army stretched out on the hills, resting." —Stephen Crane, The Red Badge of Courage
The Overton Window by Glenn Beck:
"Most people think about age and experience in terms of years, but it's really only moments that define us."
"All children, except one, grow up." - J. M. Barrie, Peter Pan
Madeleine L'engle, A Wrinkle in Time, "It was a dark and stormy night."
Terry Brooks, The Gypsy Morph, "Wills walked the empty corridors of Hell, looking for the code."
Not a very good book but one of he best first lines I have ever seen. The rest of the paragraph gets even better.
E.B. White, Charlotte's Web, "'Where's Papa going with that ax?' said Fern to her mom as they were setting the table for breakfast."
William Goldman, The Princess Bride, “This is my favorite book in all the world, though I have never read it.”
There was once a boy named Milo who didn't know what to do with himself-not just sometimes, but always.
Maurice Sendak- Where The Wild Things Are
"The night Max wore his wolf suit and made mischief of one kind... and another.. his mother called him WILD THING!"
“A lone red deer was grazing across the glen, swaying through the deep tangle of heather that covered the hillside.”
Jonathan Auxier, Sophie Quire and the Last Storygaurd
"It has often been said that one should never judge a book by it's cover."
Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland, "Alice was beginning to get very tired of sitting by her sister on the bank, and of having nothing to do; once or twice she had peeped into the book her sister was reading, but it had no pictures or conversations in it, "and what is the use of a book," thought Alice, "without pictures or conversations?""
Louisa May Alcott
“Christmas won’t be Christmas without any presents,” grumbled Jo, lying on the rug.
Mark Batterson and Joel N. Clark
Jack Staples and the Poet's Storm
"Fear is an imagined mountain. Believe that not is real and climb it if you wish, or you can step through it and lay hold of your destiny."
Name of the author : Aesop .
Title of the book : Aesop's Fables for Children; The Cock and the Jewel .
Precious things are without value to those who cannot prize them.
--or in another format--
Aesop, Aesop's Fables for Children; The Cock and the Jewel, "Precious things are without value to those who cannot prize them."