The hook project

First lines are like first impressions — they mean everything. Within the first line or paragraph of a book — a page if the author’s lucky or you’re feeling patient — you decide whether or not to bother. Bother with this collection of first lines: Opening Hooks, the hook project?welcome

Featured in Yahoo! Picks – August 31, 2004:

“Call me Ishmael. He died with a felafel in his hand. Dog carcass in alley this morning, tire tread on burst stomach. No, we’re not spouting nonsense, simply repeating some of the best literary hooks ever to snag a reader. If an eye-catching cover can compel you to pick up a book, then these gripping first sentences are designed to keep you from putting it down. And a successful hook lures readers and reels ’em in. This site collects the best literary beginnings as submitted and voted on by avid readers everywhere.”

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