October 26, 2008

It was a dark and stormy night...

There are certain novels, the first lines of which everybody knows. "Call me Ishmael." "It was the best of times, it was the worst of times." "It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen." Even if you haven't ever read Moby Dick, A Tale of Two Cities or 1984, chances are you know how they begin.

Teen novels aren't without their great first lines either--the kind of lines that suck you in and make you want to keep reading. Some of my favorites are below. Do you recognize them? Click to see if you're right.

Once upon a time there was a pair of pants.

When the doorbell rings at three in the morning, it's never good news.

The thing about a cavity search is this: it has nothing to do with the dentist.

We went to the moon to have fun, but the moon turned out to completely suck.

Getting punched in the face is a singular experience. I highly recommend it to anyone who is a little too cocky, obnoxious, or insensitive.

The gunman is useless.

What are some of your favorite first lines?

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