Saturday, February 23, 2013

Top 10 'Best Opening Lines' of all times

If you call yourself a bookaholic, then you must have come across some great opening lines in books from all genres and eras. Here, take a look at the 'Top 10' ones. Which one did you like?

10. “Mr and Mrs Dursley, of number four Privet Drive, were proud to say that they were perfectly normal, thank you very much.” (Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, JK Rowling)

9. "Lolita, light of my life, fire of my loins." (Lolita, Vladimir Nabokov)

8. "It was a pleasure to burn." (Fahrenheit 451, Ray Bradbury)

7. "Marley was dead, to begin with." (A Christmas Carol, Charles Dickens)

6. "It was love at first sight." (Catch-22', Joseph Heller)

5. "To Sherlock Holmes she is always the woman." (A Scandal in Bohemia , Arthur Conan Doyle)

4. “It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife.” (Pride & Prejudice, Jane Austen)

3. “It was inevitable: the scent of bitter almonds always reminded him of the fate of unrequited love.” (Love in the Time of Cholera, Gabriel García Márquez)

2. "'To be born again,' sang Gibreel Farishta tumbling from the heavens, 'first you have to die." (The Satanic Verses, Salman Rushdie)

1. "Behind every man now alive stand thirty ghosts, for that is the ratio by which the dead outnumber the living." (2001 - A Space Odyssey, Arthur C. Clarke.)

[Note: The selection & ranking has been done exclusively by ‘Some Bedtime Stories’ after going through a comprehensive list of ‘100 best opening lines ever’. ]
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  1. Beautiful lines indeed! The best I like are:10,5,and 1 :)

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    1. Hello Anjan. Glad you enjoyed. Fantastic lines na

  3. Good ones. 7 or 8 of the books were adapted into movies... I've seen 5 or 6 too. But never read any of them.. Space odyssey is amazing to watch in screen..

  4. Ya, I haven;t watched most of them....... Glad you liked


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