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.

Answers!

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

The winner of the Famous First Lines game was Lee Todd, who had the most correct answers first. His 10 extra entries into the Mystery Box Giveaway have been added.

Thank you for reading!

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I'm a 34 year old female. Brown hair. Blue eyes. I spend a great deal of my time surfing the internet and blogging. I enjoy cooking. I make a mean sautéed vegetable dish. I write. I read.

Posted on July 16, 2013, in Uncategorized and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. 1. Moby Dick by Herman Melville
    2. Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
    3. Life of Pi by Yann Martel
    4. Peter Pan by JM Barrie
    5. The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold
    6. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
    7. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
    8. Pride and Prejudice by 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 Bride by William Goldman
    14. Paul Clifford by Edward Bulwer-Lytton
    15. The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
    16. The Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
    17.
    18. The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
    19. The Help by Kathryn Stockett
    20. The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd

  2. 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 Alice Sebold

    6. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

    7. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

    8. Pride and Prejudice by 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 Bride by William Goldman

    14. Paul Clifford by Edward George Bulwer-Lytton

    15. The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini

    16. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams

    17. *see below*

    18. The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman

    19. The Help by Kathryn Stockett

    20. The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd

    For the life of me, I couldn’t get this one, but then I came across this quote “all this happened, more or less” from Slaughterhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut. Is that what you meant?

    Whew, what a brain exercise. 🙂

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