The Fiction of Owen Thomas

Famous First Lines

Featuring classic first lines from works across the literary spectrum, from Moby Dick to Fifty Shades of Grey, Famous First Lines is intended as a resource for those looking for a just little help getting that novel started. As you will see, not all of the suggestions offered below are still available. Feel free to post your own contributions to help our fellow authors.


First Line: “I scowl with frustration at myself in the mirror.”                           (not available)


Alternative 1:

“I scowl with frustration at myself in the mirror, wondering whether an instant international best seller is really worth the literary debasement of titillating the sexually repressed and pandering to the juvenile sensibilities of those unwilling to read Penthouse Forum on an airplane; but then I got over it, forgave myself, and went to the bank.” (available)

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