So the first line meme has pretty much run its course on LJ now, I think, but it got me thinking about first lines that I love.
I quite often couldn’t tell you why I loved them, but they just connect with me somehow.
So let July have a theme, and let that theme be first lines that Cat thinks are made of awesome dipped in awesomesauce and served on a crisp bed of shredded awesome.
The man in black fled across the desert, and the gunslinger followed.
– The Gunslinger – Stephen King
Okay, so there’s all kinds of things that make this what it is. First off, it’s not flowery and precious – King uses words we all know. But he gives us conflict, action and mystery in a neat little package. There’s a man dressed in black, running from someone/something, and a gunslinger (we immediately get a western kinda vibe off that, so a mental image is drawn) hunting him. I don’t know about you, but I want to read on and find out just who is who, and what happened to get them to this point.
How fantastic is that? I’ve got Johnny Cash and western hats, and skulls and deserts and whys and what’s happenings all from twelve pretty simple words. And none of it is cheap.
So yeah, hats off to King, who when he’s on his game has got to be one of the most brilliant writers of our time. If I could write an opening line half that good, I’d be in the jam.