Famous First Lines Game
Let’s play a game! This game has 20 fairly well-known first lines of novels. To play, post in the comments the titles and authors of the books you think that first line belongs to. I tried to pick some classics as well as novels from the 21st century. Some you can find easily with Google, some may take a bit of searching. Maybe you just love that book and will know the line already. Maybe not. Whoever guesses all 20 correctly first or by the end of the week has the most correct guesses, will get an extra 10 entries into the Mystery Box Giveaway. Happy guessing!
I hope that all of the quotes are correct. I tried to find the books to check as many as I could but couldn’t find all of them in the time I had. They are as close as I could possibly verify.
1) Call me Ishmael.
2) It was a pleasure to burn.
3) My suffering left me sad and gloomy.
4) All children, except one, grow up.
5) My name was Salmon, like the fish; first name, Susie. I was fourteen when I was murdered on December 6, 1973.
6) When I wake up, the other side of the bed is cold.
7) You will rejoice to hear that no disaster has accompanied the commencement of an enterprise which you have regarded with such evil forebodings.
8) It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife.
9) Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.
10) I wish Giovanni would kiss me.
11) What about a teakettle?
12) There was no possibility of taking a walk that day.
13) This is my favorite book in all the world, though I have never read it.
14) It was a dark and stormy night; the rain fell in torrents—except at occasional intervals, when it was checked by a violent gust of wind which swept up the streets (for it is in London that our scene lies), rattling along the housetops, and fiercely agitating the scanty flame of the lamps that struggled against the darkness.
15) I became what I am today at the age of twelve, on a frigid overcast day in the winter of 1975.
16) Far out in the uncharted backwaters of the unfashionable end of the western spiral arm of the Galaxy lies a small, unregarded yellow sun.
17) This is what happened.
18) There was a hand in the darkness, and it held a knife.
19) Mae Mobley was born on an early Sunday morning in August, 1960.
20) At night I would lie in bed and watch the show, how bees squeezed through the cracks of my bedroom wall and flew circles around the room, making that propeller sound, a high-pitched zzzzzz that hummed along my skin.
1. Moby Dick by Herman Melville
2. Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
3. Life of Pi by Yann Martel
4. Peter Pan by J. M. Barrie
5. The Lovely Bones by Ray Bradbury
6. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
7. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
8. Pride and Prejudice Jane Austen
9. Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
10. eat, pray, love by Elizabeth Gilbert
11. Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer
12. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
13. The Princess Bridge by William Goldman
14. Paul Clifford by Edward Bulwer-Lytton
15. The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
16. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams.
17. The Mist by Stephen King
18. The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
19. The Help by Kathryn Stockett
20. The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd