10 most memorable first sentences in fiction

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  • “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.” – A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
  • “Call me Ishmael.” – Moby-Dick by Herman Melville
  • “It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife.” – Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
  • “In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit.” – The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
  • “Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.” – Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
  • “It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen.” – 1984 by George Orwell
  • “It was a pleasure to burn.” – Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
  • “The sky above the port was the color of television, tuned to a dead channel.” – Neuromancer by William Gibson
  • “All this happened, more or less.” – Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut
  • “The sun shone, having no alternative, on the nothing new.” – Murphy by Samuel Beckett

10 More… Most Memorable First Sentences in Fiction

  1. “The moment I stepped foot into the mystical world of Evermore, I knew my life would never be the same again.” – Evermore Chronicles by Sarah J. Maas
  2. “In the depths of a small, sleepy town, where secrets are whispered between the shadows, I discovered the power that lay dormant within me.” – The Forgotten Prophecy by Cassandra Clare
  3. “As the sun dipped below the horizon, casting a golden glow over the ancient ruins, I felt the echoes of history calling out to me, beckoning me to uncover its long-lost secrets.” – The Lost City by Victoria Aveyard
  4. “In a world where darkness danced with light and dreams merged with reality, I found myself caught between two realms, torn between who I was and who I was destined to become.” – The Enigma of the Shadows by Marissa Meyer
  5. “The thunder roared above me, echoing the turmoil within my heart, as I made the decision that would change my destiny forever.” – Stormborn Legacy by Jennifer L. Armentrout
  6. “In the quiet town of Whispering Pines, beneath the watchful eyes of towering pine trees, a mystery unfolded that would test the bonds of friendship and unravel the secrets of our past.” – The Secrets of Whispering Pines by Ransom Riggs
  7. “They say that when you enter the Forbidden Forest, time stands still, but little did I know that I would stumble upon a hidden portal, leading to a world beyond my wildest imagination.” – The Chronicles of Enchantment by Leigh Bardugo
  8. “With every step I took along the deserted beach, the whispers of the ocean carried untold stories of love, loss, and the magic that awaited me just beyond the horizon.” – The Seaside Symphony by Rainbow Rowell
  9. “Underneath the starlit sky, as the moonlight cast an ethereal glow on the ancient runes, I embarked on a journey that would test my courage and unlock the ancient powers within me.” – The Moonstone Chronicles by Sabaa Tahir
  10. “In the bustling streets of a futuristic metropolis, where technology and humanity collided, I found solace in the embrace of the unknown, venturing into a virtual reality that blurred the lines between real and imagined.” – Digital Dreamscape by Marie Lu

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