Infographic: Compelling First Lines of Famous Novels

It was a dark and stormy night ...

The first sentence of a novel is often the only chance an author has to make the first impression, and the very best books will keep the reader hooked from the first line to the very last line.

In the following infographic you’ll find the first line from 34 novels, including Fahrenheit 451, To Serve Man, The Great Gatsby, and The Catcher in the Rye.

Infographic: Compelling First Lines of Famous Novels Infographic


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Nate Hoffelder is the founder and editor of The Digital Reader:"I've been into reading ebooks since forever, but I only got my first ereader in July 2007. Everything quickly spiraled out of control from there. Before I started this blog in January 2010 I covered ebooks, ebook readers, and digital publishing for about 2 years as a part of MobileRead Forums. It's a great community, and being a member is a joy. But I thought I could make something out of how I covered the news for MobileRead, so I started this blog."

6 Comments on Infographic: Compelling First Lines of Famous Novels

  1. I have always like “The rat screamed.” from “The Forge” by S.M. Stirling and David Drake.

  2. This is a great Info graphic. Can you tell me where I can buy the poster. Very inspirational for my teenage son.

    Also one of my favorites is from Sula by Toni Morrison–“In that place, where they tore the nightshade and blackberry patches from their rooks to make room for the Medallion City Golf Course, there was once a neighborhood.”

  3. It was a dark and stormy night. A Wrinkle in Time, by Madeline L’Engle.

  4. Am a new librarian & would love to get my hands on a poster version of this–any thoughts on how?

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