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If you’ve ever attempted to learn to write a book 5 Sites To Learn How To Write A Book And Get It Published 5 Sites To Learn How To Write A Book And Get It Published There are millions of people all around the world who want to be professional writers, yet only a tiny fraction of them ever make enough money to write full-time. It’s a market that is saturated... Read More , one of the very early lessons you were told is that you need to hook to reader right away. Many of the best pieces of literature Can You Outgive Literature's Most Famous Gifts? Can You Outgive Literature's Most Famous Gifts? bet you'd like to make the gifts you purchase this year truly memorable for the receiver, but can your gifts compare to some of literature's most famous? Read More start off with an opening line that’s so memorable and engaging that you can’t help but keep going.

It’s with that in mind that we take a peek at this awesome infographic that shows off some of the most compelling opening lines in literature’s long history.

How many of them do you remember from the first time you read the books?

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  1. Ris
    November 6, 2016 at 1:58 pm

    Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone is not the correct title. Editor?

  2. Carol Bull
    March 21, 2016 at 9:31 pm

    Elme Gantry was drunk. Is the best first line of any novel ever written

  3. Colonel Angus
    March 20, 2016 at 5:15 pm

    "Once upon a time there was a Martian named Valentine Michael Smith." - Robert A. Heinlein's Stranger in a Strange Land. I first read that line as a fourteen year old, and my world was forever changed.

  4. Peter Collins
    March 18, 2016 at 10:22 am

    Yes, but there's an adjective there -- Moby Dick IS NOT genre fiction. Get the distinction?

  5. Richard Hopkins
    March 17, 2016 at 1:27 pm

    Opening line to HG Wells 'War of the Worlds' - but I think the Richard Burton narrator version from the album by Jeff Wayne is better.

  6. Peter Collins
    March 17, 2016 at 12:17 pm

    We have Harry Potter and the Hunger Games, but no room could be found for 'Call Me Ishmael?' Maybe someone who reads books other than genre fiction could have contributed.

    • fcd76218
      March 17, 2016 at 2:17 pm

      Moby Dick IS fiction.

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