Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created by the bloggers of The Broke and the Bookish. Once again, I altered the prompt slightly so I could just focus on some of my favorite literary beginnings (and I didn't want to spoil anyone by discussing book endings). I love a strong opening sentence, so here are some of my favorites.
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
Not every 13-year-old girl is accused of murder, brought to trial, and found guilty.
It was a pleasure to burn.
They say it came first from Africa, carried in the screams of the enslaved; that it was the death bane of the Tainos, uttered just as one world perished and another began; that it was a demon drawn into Creation through the nightmare door that was cracked open in the Antilles.
It was a queer, sultry summer, the summer they electrocuted the Rosenbergs, and I didn't know what I was doing in New York.
The angel Gabriel went to the oracle on Mount Sinai, looking for a wife.
It is the first day of November and so, today, someone will die.
In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit.
Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.
I am a coward.—Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein
This is certainly not an exclusive list. I was going to explain why I loved these, but then I figured it was far better to let these sentences support themselves.
Please let me know what some of your favorite story openings/endings are!