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I should note that this article will be primarily concerning YA fiction, as that is what I know most about. You may notice that some of these openings use elements that I cautioned against in an earlier article. Told ‘ya there were bountiful exceptions to writing “rules.”
The Voyage of the Dawn Treader by C.S. Lewis
“There was a boy called Eustace Clarence Scrubb, and he almost deserved it.”
This one is just awesome. I adore some subtle humor in a book, and it’s a great way to start out if you’re witty enough. This short and amusing opening line tells us a lot about the character in a very short time. His name also gives an indication that he is not from the land of Narnia, but is probably from England, if this book is to be similar to the ones prior to it in the series. We know something about his age in t
Axios!I am worthy. The origins of this phrase lie in ancient Rome. In the year 67 A.D. General Gnaeus Domitius Corbulo took his own life at the will of the corrupt Emperor Nero in order to prove his loyalty to Rome and its people.More Like This
General Corbulo's success in battle was nearly unmatched. His skill, confidence, and humility had earned the admiration of the people of Rome during his years of military service. He successfully led many campaigns throughout Europe, Asia, and Africa. Never before had there been a finer general in Roman military history.
As one may logically speculate, the corrupt Emperor Nero became jealous of Corbulo's popularity among the people. Also, he became suspicious of Corbulo's increasingly greater involvement in the politics of Rome. Thus, he sent a messenger to Corbulo, bearing a message that held Corbulo's fate.
The message held Corbulo's final orders. He was to commit suicide in order to prove his loyalty to Nero and the whole of the Roman Empire.