Below are ten opening lines of novels, each of which is on the list of the 100 best opening lines ever, as chosen by the American Book Review. Of course a good opening doesn't guarantee a good story, and no doubt most of the books from which these lines were taken would have been better if they had included Evil Editor. So . . . Use one of them as the opening line of a scene in which Evil Editor appears.
Deadline: Sunday, 10 AM eastern
300 words max.
2. It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife. - Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice (1813)
3. A screaming comes across the sky. - Thomas Pynchon, Gravity's Rainbow (1973)
6. Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way. - Leo Tolstoy, Anna Karenina (1877; trans. Constance Garnett)
8. It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen. - George Orwell, 1984 (1949)
10. I am an invisible man. - Ralph Ellison, Invisible Man (1952)
18. This is the saddest story I have ever heard. - Ford Madox Ford, The Good Soldier (1915)
24. It was a wrong number that started it, the telephone ringing three times in the dead of night, and the voice on the other end asking for someone he was not. - Paul Auster, City of Glass (1985)
41. The moment one learns English, complications set in. - Felipe Alfau, Chromos (1990)
42. Dr. Weiss, at forty, knew that her life had been ruined by literature. - Anita Brookner, The Debut (1981)
49. It was the day my grandmother exploded. - Iain M. Banks, The Crow Road (1992)