A new weekly post about a novel's first breath!
What does it mean?
Each Friday I'll post the first few sentences of a story and we'll look at how it helps us enter the world and kindles a desire to dive deeper.
Today's Book: Capt. Hook: The Adventures of a Notorious Youth by J.V. Hart
First Few Lines:
"It was his eyes. The color of blue forget-me-nots, piercing, like two novas in a sky of dying stars. Profoundly melancholy, yes. Except when James was angry, at which time two red spots appeared in them and lit them up horribly."
I can quote this one almost verbatim.
Those first few words draw me in completely.
"It was his eyes."
What do you mean?
What about his eyes?
What kind of eyes are they?
Why are they?
What makes him angry?
When you write those first few words, you want the reader to start asking questions. Why? Because they will read further in order to answer them. J.V. Hart does a fantastic job at fleshing out a character we already know, and imbuing him with a sense of hopeless romanticism. Although you know the end of his trajectory, young James Hook does not and following him through his journey from Eton student to the notorious Captain Hook is a thrilling, spine-tingling ride.
Would these First Few Lines from Mr. Hart make you want to read further?
What are some of your favorite First Lines?
And do you like the idea for these weekly posts?
I've got another weekly segment coming on Wednesday, and a review which will be posted over the weekend. It's Friday, everyone! Go home and curl up with a good book!