Friday, July 16, 2010

First Line Challenge

Are you ready to get your creative juices flowing?

I'll give you the first sentence or passage of a famous novel, and your job is to turn it into a paragraph that is totally unique, and totally you!

Authors and characters are all welcome to attempt this little exercise. Let's see how many different perspectives we can create. As a bonus, try to guess the book that's being quoted.

(Incidentally, the last opener was from The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald.)

Okay, are you ready? Here we go!

You will rejoice to hear that no disaster has accompanied the commencement of an enterprise which you have regarded with such evil forebodings. I arrived here yesterday, and my first task is to assure my dear sister of my welfare and increasing confidence in the success of my undertaking...

11 comments:

Christine H said...

Hmmmm... perhaps Robinson Crusoe? Or Around the World in 80 Days? Or Gulliver's Travels?

David Jace said...

I don't think it's Gulliver... maybe Tarzan, but I don't think he starts out that way. Tarzan started with an introduction by the Frenchman who teaches Tarzan to talk, as I recall.

So, oh well for guesses, on to the writing!

Christine H said...

Something from that general era, though, I think. 19th century adventure fiction.

Laura Martone said...

Heehee, this is fun. I like the guessing game...

But, alas, this line is not, in fact, from Robinson Crusoe (1719), Gulliver's Travels (1726), Around the World in 80 Days (1873), or Tarzan (1914), but it WAS published in the early 19th century, as Christine suggested.

Supposedly, this novel was published anonymously in 1818. According to history - or legend - it was only the second edition that bore the author's name... the female author's name, that is. And dozens of films have been inspired by it.

Christine H said...

Um... Frankenstein? By Mary Shelley?

Candy said...

My second task is to get these forty boys, called incorrigibles, settled in this remand home I have built so very far from civilization. Sure, Gabby,proud of his title of murderer, is already gathering the most violent to be his gang. But I think even he will find it difficult with no one to fight, kill or steal from.
You will see, dear sister, that very soon everyone here will understand that I am their only leader and working, just to survive, will bring us together in our own small, but decent world where these castoffs of society can grow into honest men.

Laura Martone said...

Yahoo, Christine! You win a gold star...

P.S. Sorry that I have nothing better to award you with... perhaps you'll accept a dark chocolate Hershey's kiss. I definitely have access to those. :-)

Laura Martone said...

Incidentally, Candy, I like what you did with this week's first line challenge...

Christine H said...

Whoo-hoo! I will gladly take a dark chocolate Hershey's kiss. In fact, I will be driving past Hershey, PA around noon tomorrow. I've never stopped there, though. They have a chocolate factory tour and Chocolate World and everything. "The Sweetest Place on Earth."

David Jace said...

Oh, I've been there. The very air is chocolate-covered. Roll down your window as you drive by; you'll gain 3 pounds by breathing chocolate!

Laura Martone said...

Oh, I love Hershey, Pennsylvania. I have fond memories of visiting it twice when I was an adolescent. And David's right. The air is thick with yummy chocolate!