Link - by Avi Abrams

Best opening lines for a story:

"There is a dead kitten in my freezer.
I wish it was the first one, but it's not."

blank-from "Foster" by Melissa Lee Shaw (Asimov's 2006)

Best ending for a book...
Or at least I think it's an ending. Help me out here:
One of the books from "A Series of Unfortunate Events" is called "The End".
On the back cover of that book is printed the following:

"You are presumably looking at the back of this book, or the end of "THE END". The end of "THE END" is the best place to begin "THE END", because if you read "THE END" from the beginning of the beginning of "THE END" to the end of the end of "THE END", you will arrive at the end of the end of your rope"
blank-Lemony Snicket

Between the perfect opening and the perfect ending for a story, who needs to have an actual story in between?..

More quotes:

"We must walk consciously only part way toward our goal and then leap in the dark to our success."
blank-Henry David Thoreau

"When they give you things, ask yourself why. When you’re grateful to them for providing the things you should have anyway, ask yourself why."
blank-Jeff Vandermeer


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Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'll go for success as long as the leap in the dark doesn't involve frozen kittens...

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Reading these quotes, we were so filled with mirth that our mascara ran like blood in the streets...

Blogger Unknown said...

The opening of story should bring the characters alive for the readers. The absolute master, at least in English, of the opening was Dickens. His second best opening, clearly achieving the goal, was _David Copperfield_: "I am born."

But, by far the best, is the opening to _A Christmas Carol_: "Marley was dead, to begin with." Now how is that for bringing your characters alive?

Blogger Avi Abrams said...

great comment! Thanks


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