Top Ten Tuesday: Opening Lines That Changed Everything

Hello friends! How are you holding up? Are you still quarantined? We’ve been “free” to walk for some time now, but I still haven’t used the opportunity haha. Anyway, it’s Tuesday, and this week’s TTT topic is opening lines. When I think of opening lines, first ones to come to mind are the best ones, the ones that made me fluff up my pillows and grab a large cup of coffee, because I knew I was going on a great adventure, and some of the adventures aren’t done yet, years later. TTT is a weekly meme by That Artsy Reader Girl, and every Tuesday there is a different themed post of top 10 things.


1. “Mr. and Mrs. Dursley of number four, Privet Drive, were proud to say that they were perfectly normal, thank you very much.”

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

2. “In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit. Not a nasty, dirty, wet hole, filled with the ends of worms and an oozy smell, nor yet a dry, bare, sandy hole with nothing in it to sit down on or to eat: it was a hobbit-hold, and that means comfort.”


3. “The night was as black as the inside of a cat. It was the kind of night, you could believe, on which the gods moved men as though they were pawns on the chessboard of fate. In the middle of the elemental storm a fire gleamed among the dripping furze bushes like the madness in a weasel’s eye. It illuminated three hunched figures. As the cauldron bubbled an eldritch voice shrieked: ‘When shall we three meet again?’

There was a pause. Finally another voice said in far more ordinary tones: ‘Well I can do next Tuesday.’

Wyrd sisters

4. “All children, except one, grow up.”


5. “Christmas won’t be Christmas without any presents,” grumbled Jo, lying on the rug. “It’s so dreadful to be poor!” sighed Meg, looking down at her old dress.”

Little Women

6. “Alice was beginning to get very tired of sitting by her sister on the bank, and of having nothing to do: once or twice she had peeped into the book her sister was reading, but it had no pictures or conversations in it, “and what is the use of a book,” thought Alice, “without pictures or conversation?”


7. “We should start back,” Gared urged as the woods began to grow dark around them. “The wildlings are dead.”

“Do the dead frighten you?” Ser Waymar Royce asked with just the hint of a smile.

Gared did not rise to the bait. He was an old man, past fifty, and he had seen the lordlings come and go. “Dead is dead,” he said. “We have no business with the dead.”

“Are they dead?” Royce asked softly. “What proof have we?”

A game of thrones

8.”Some years ago there was in the city of York a society of magicians. They met upon the third Wednesday of every month and read each other long, dull papers upon the history of English magic.

They were gentleman-magicians, which is to say they had never harmed any one by magic – nor ever done any one the slightest good. In fact, to own the truth, not one of these magicians had ever cast the smallest spell, nor by magic caused one leaf to tremble upon a tree, made one mote of dust to alter its course or changed a single hair upon any one’s head. But, with this one minor reservation, they enjoyed a reputation as some of the wisest and most magical gentlemen in Yorkshire.”

jonathan strange & mr norrell

9. “Lyra and her daemon moved through the darkening Hall, taking care to keep to one side, out of sight of the kitchen.”

his dark materials

10. “Any big hotels have got scandals,” he said. “Just like every big hotel has got a ghost. Why? Hell, people come and go.”



These are the lines that changed everything for me, and once I started I couldn’t stop, I was engulfed and I still am, in these amazing worlds these authors created. Did you recognize some of these on first glance? What are the lines that changed everything for you? Let me know in the comments and have a great week! ❤

19 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Opening Lines That Changed Everything

  1. Brilliant selection here – I’m sure millions of Harry Potter fans can quote that opening. I’ve not read Game of Thrones or The Shining, but with beginnings like that, I’m almost persuaded. Thanks for sharing, great post.

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    1. I know, sooo good, and gives a really good impression of what the rest of the book is like. If you’re looking to start reading from the Discworld, I’d say don’t start with the “proper” beginning (The Colour of Magic) – ask a fan to suggest which book to read first.

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