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.

MOBY DICK, by Herman Melville

First Line: “Call me Ishmael.” (not available)



Autocorrect translation:

Call me oatmeal. (available)

Siri translation:

I do not understand… call me fish pail. (available)

Alternative 1:

Call me maybe. (no longer available)

Alternative 2:

Call me any, anytime. (no longer available)

Alternative 3:

Call me Al (You can) (no longer available)

Alternative 4:

Call me a cab. (available)

Alternative 5:

Call me in the morning (Take two aspirin and) (available)

Alternative 5:

Just call me Angel of the morning, Baby. (no longer available)

Alternative 7:

Call me stupid (Slap me on the head and) (available)

Alternative 8:

Call me crazy, but this does not strike me as a good way to start a novel. (available)

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