Way back in June, Barnes and Noble's Blog ran this post listing their favorite opening scenes in literature. I saved it to use in a future Monday Discussion. Well, the future is here today!
Go through to their post and take a look at all of the comments too. They had quite a few good examples in the discussion.
I love the question. Many readers I work with are sticklers about opening scenes, even opening lines. Their argument is, if the author can't hook me quickly, there are many other reading options I could try that will. It is an easy way for some patrons to weed out one reading option from another.
I am not one of these readers myself. [I have had too many books start a bit slowly, but when I gave them a chance ended up wowing me.] But because I have family members and patrons who do feel this way, I am very conscious of it.
Go through to the BN post first, but here are my two cents on the topic.
I love the opening of Erin Morgenstern's The Night Circus. It is a prologue that introduces the circus itself, the circus which is the backbone of this fantastic novel. The opening grabbed me, enchanted me, and left me breathless to turn the next page and see what would come next.
Click here for my multiple reviews and posts about The Night Circus and click here to get to the Amazon entry where you can read the opening for yourself.
Currently, I am reading The Swan Gondola by Timothy Schaffert. That book also has an exciting opening in which a hot air balloon crashes into a house. Click through to read it for yourself. Schaffert really captures all of your senses in his telling of this crazy event in the middle of the Nebraska prairie at the end of the 19th Century. I could even feel the silk of the torn balloon on my fingers as I read.
Now it is your turn.
Share your favorite opening lines or scenes from literature for today's Monday Discussion.
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