And now I'm obsessing over them because I really want to have a great "hook".
I don't think I had one with my alien/zombie DON'T TELL A SOUL novel, and I don't think you absolutely have to have one. But I think it definitely helps to hook a reader in.
So it got me thinking about novels I've read and whether the beginnings hooked me in.
Here's the beginning of Cracked Up To Be (By Courtney Summers). I am currently reading this and loving it.
Imagine four years.
Four years, two suicides, one death, one rape, two pregnancies (one abortion), three overdoses, countless drunken antics, pantsings, spilled food, theft, fights, broken limbs, turf wars, with six months until graduation and no one gets a medal when they get out.
The beginning of Shiver (By Maggie Stiefvater) :
I remember lying in the snow, a small red spot of warm growing cold, surrounded by wolves. They were licking me, biting me, worrying at my body, pressing in.
The beginning of The Book Thief (by Markus Zukas):
First the colors. Then the humans. That's usually how I see things. Or at least, how I try.
Here is a small fact. You are going to die.
From The Hunger Games (By Suzanne Collins):
When I wake up, the other side of the bed is cold. My fingers stretch out, seeking Prim's warmth but finding only the rough canvas cover of the mattress. She must have had bad dreams and climbed in with our mother. Of course, she did. This is the day of the reaping.
And how about the beginning of a classic, Like Pride and Prejudice (by Jane Austen):
It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife.
All of these books definitely hooked me in. Was it because of those beginning lines? Good question.
What are your thoughts as a reader/writer?