It is a truth universally acknowledged that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife – Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice (1813).
It was the best of times, it was the worst of times. – Charles Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities (1859).
Mr. and Mrs. Dursley of number four Privet Drive were proud to say that they were perfectly normal, thank you very much – J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (1997).
We all know what a difference a great opening line can make. Recently, I saw a meme online that caught my eye. It was a post that started with a famous opening line from a novel, but then each person added a sentence of their own to move the story forward.
Now, I know that we don’t get a lot of comments here, but I couldn’t help but think it would be so much fun to try to do it here. We’re not attempting to craft a literary masterpiece. It doesn’t have to have a thing to do with the original story. This is just an opportunity to let your imagination take flight, or to be inspired by others.
I hope you will play along and encourage your friends (writers or not!) to do so as well. The more the merrier!
I’m going to borrow the great first line from Daphne du Maurier’s 1938 classic, Rebecca, to get us started.
“Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again….”