I often see articles go up regarding the best 1st lines in a book. One this morning made me think of this and I thought I'd pose this question to you: Does a first line really matter? Is that the line that has the most impact for you as a reader?
Personally for me, it doesn't. Writers want to start off with a bang, whether that be very descriptive writing, high intensity action scenes, or writing something that moves the soul. Em, maybe that's not me. Clearly, if you've read Twist, which begins with the characters playing Battleship. I love reading a book that knows how to end. Whether it's a great last line or just a last chapter. It's the way the book ends that leaves me with all the warm fuzzies, nail-biting anticipation for the sequel, or that sigh that makes you want to read it all over again.
I don't think it's the first thing someone says to you that's the most important, but the last.
That may be a running theme on how my writing style is. Do I have a style? I don't know, I never really analyzed it or compared it to others. I don't feel the need to start off chapter one with an elaborate description of the city skyline or a one-legged bird pecking at another bird's egg, symbolizing nature's instinct to destroy hope. When I feel myself getting close to the ending, I always want it to have an impact to the reader. I'd like to think that you smile, sigh, or maybe even shed a tear.
Nothing is more frustrating than when a book ends in the same fashion as someone slamming a door in your face without warning. Pay attention to that while reading the next few novels on your reading list and see what you think about how the book begins and ends. How did it make you feel starting off vs where it left you in the end? Did it abandon you like a jilted lover with a short note scribbled on your pillow? Did it drop you off at the bus station on a Sunday when the buses aren't even running?
Or did it wrap you up in a warm embrace, kiss your neck softly, and tell you that it loved the way you held them?