The first line can make or break a reader’s interest. Just how well did the author pull you in to the story with their first sentence? To participate in this weekly book meme is extremely easy.
- Grab the book you are currently reading and open to the first page.
- Write down the first sentence in the first paragraph.
- Create a blog post with this information. (Make sure to include the title & author of the book you are using. Even an ISBN helps!)
- Did this first sentence help draw you into the story? Why or why not?
It was funny.Actually, it wasn't funny. It wasn't funny at all. The scene takes place at a memorial service/funeral/viewing (I'm still not sure what it was supposed to be). The second sentence actually sets the scene a little better.
Yes, I realize that "funny" in this instance means "strange". But this book often uses ten words when three would suffice, so the use of inexact words doesn't really surprise me. (I will, of course, expand on this when I actually review the book.)
The first sentence did not help draw me into the story. In fact, a couple hundred pages of sentences have not helped to draw me into the story. I'm more than halfway through the book, and I'm beginning to wonder if there even is a story.
So this first line is not really apt. The scene wasn't funny, the book is not funny, and the time I feel like I'm wasting is definitely not funny.
Funny, isn't it?