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14 May 2010 @ 02:38 pm
First Lines Meme!  
Grabbed from yavannauk and archaeologist_d and others.

Post the first lines from your last 20 stories. Do you see a pattern?

1. When Big Suze had left, and Johnson and even Super Hans, Jeremy was left with the lingering scent of shit and the toilet door lying in the hallway. (Peep Show)

2. The wind was in her hair, a salt wind - it tangled it delightfully. (Alice in Wonderland)

3. Vampirism in England wasn’t an endemic disease. (Being Human)

4. It was fascinating, really, Mark thought in a slightly hysterical way. (Peep Show)

5. He was Arthur Twist, and maybe that name didn't mean anything to anyone, but that didn't mean he was going to let himself be treated like nothing, not by anyone, never mind by those sour Sowerberry's or that clotpole Claypole. (Merlin – Oliver! AU)

6. The woods were silent, when just a moment before they had been filled with so much noise. (The Devil’s Whore)

7. "Win his love," Emuin says, and Cefwyn lies abed and stares up at the ceiling, up past the rich hangings suitable to a Marhanen Prince to the cold stone above, and wonders. (CJ Cherryh’s Fortress Series)

8. "You think that's all that's out there?" She cackled at him then, like a stereotype. "You're a child, young man, for all your years." (Being Human)

9. "Talk to me," said Byron, somewhat wretchedly it had to be said, or as wretched as the man was capable of being, Percy thought. (Byron/Shelley RPS)

10. The first time an ordinary member of the public was imprinted, no-one knew what was going on. (Merlin/Dollhouse crossover)

11. “It’s Sunday,” carolled Bradley, not particularly tunefully, as he waved his sword around his head. “Bright beautiful Sunday!” (Merlin RPS)

12. He was funny, that was the most important thing. (Mitchell and Webb RPS)

13. “Lycanthropy is a disease,” George announces one day, when they’re in that terrible bedsit in Redland, “Because it’s passed on via touch, through an organism or secretion in the blood. Right?” (Being Human)

14. Arthur didn’t slam the door but he only managed to prevent himself by the slimmest of margins. (Merlin AU)

15. The young man, scarcely more than a boy really, steps forward into the great stone hall. (Merlin AU)

16. James Peregrine Lester certainly had his crosses to bear. (Primeval)

17. “It is a pity, non?” said Remy, as he stood on the roof of the cab. (X-Men)

18. The hill from Pierrefonds chateau up to the convenient field that Shine has rented off a local farmer is not very long. (Merlin RPS)

19. “I haven’t a fucking clue what you’re talking about,” said Ianto ‘Bloody Bastard’ Jones, from his unenviable position beneath the boot of a bullish gentleman in a camel-hair coat. (Life on Mars/Torchwood)

20. There's a breeze blowing off the Bay, and as Ianto comes to - his head lolling on his shoulders, the metal of the bench digging into his back - he could almost think it was a normal day. (Torchwood)

I must admit, I can't see a pattern, so perhaps that makes me an outlier on the graph, I have no idea :) I suppose the closest I can spot to a unifying theme, is that I seem to rarely do an explantory first sentence, it's more that I try to tantalise the reader with a sentence designed to be intriguing - at least I hope so :D They might be hugely annoying, for all I know!
archaeologist_d: Merlin Duty destinyarchaeologist_d on May 14th, 2010 02:13 pm (UTC)
I think you are right. Your pattern seems to be to tantalize your readers and draw them in. Absolutely nothing wrong with that! I always love a good first sentence. It can set up the whole story. :D
Valderys: Macauley Connor - intellectual snobvalderys on May 15th, 2010 09:07 am (UTC)
Hooray! I'm glad you agree, it felt a bit arrogant when I read it back :) And I know what you mean - I love a good first sentence too!
Mellacitamellacita on May 14th, 2010 02:46 pm (UTC)
I can see a few sort of trends, but you don't seem very predictable. I'm jealous. *g*
Valderys: Janto - I can haz Ianto?valderys on May 17th, 2010 11:01 am (UTC)
I'm bad at describing the trends I do have, personally, not being that theoretical about writing :)

And personally, I love your declarative sentences!
Yavanna: Merlin/Arthur - sadnessyavannauk on May 14th, 2010 04:52 pm (UTC)
Why is everyone else all interesting and unpredictable while I'm all boring and pattern-y? *cries*
Valderys: Arthurvalderys on May 17th, 2010 11:02 am (UTC)
I don't think you are that much, hon, but if you feel that way, next time you write a first line - write it differently! :)
albaalba17 on May 14th, 2010 06:04 pm (UTC)
You've Being Human fic and Byron/Shelley RPS? I missed that, will have to check it out sometime.
Valderys: Avon - slightly sanevalderys on May 17th, 2010 11:05 am (UTC)
Some of it is at my AO3 account, the Byron/Shelly particularly, because it was written for Yuletide, but other stuff is just on my journal - it will all be on AO3 eventually, but I haven't managed to keep up yet! :)
prochytesprochytes on May 25th, 2010 08:47 pm (UTC)
This was interesting. I had a look at mine, and with very few exceptions they fall into one of two categories: the fic opens with dialogue, or a canon character is named in the first sentence. As an intriguing twist, one of the exceptions is the opening of which I am proudest (Six days after the world ended, there was a car-boot sale at the bottom of Bannerman Road.)
Valderys: Captain Jack Harkness - dazzlesvalderys on May 26th, 2010 09:50 am (UTC)
Yay! I love that fic! I have quite a lot of canon characters named in mine as well, but not as invariably as yours sounds to be. I don't why I chose to do this meme over another, but sometimes they just appeal, you know?