I expect many of you have read that famous opening line before, but do you know who wrote it? How about the novel's title? Maybe you've read it. If you'd like to you can download it for free here.
'It was a dark and stormy night' is often quoted as an example of a really bad opening line. Personally I don't think it's so bad. We can all come up with worse, can't we?
How about, 'All of a sudden, right out of the blue a really amazing thing happened.' or 'Fred woke up wondering where he was, what he was doing there and how the hell he was going to escape this time.'
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