I started thinking about books and how many of them have unique beginnings.
Charlotte’s Web begins with a question and leads into a confrontation between daughter and father over the life of the smallest pig.
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s/Philosopher’s Stone states that the Dursleys are a normal family and proceeds to set up their daily routine.
Divergent starts with a haircut and a forbidden glance at one’s appearance in the mirror.
The Elegance of the Hedgehog starts with a young boy proclaiming that he accepts Marxism and brags about this news to an indifferent concierge.
Why do these authors choose these unique starting points to hook readers in? To some it might just seem like a catchy way to hook readers in. To me it gives the reader a hint to the author’s style and what you might expect. We can tell that the Dursleys are meant to be a normal, if not boorish family that doesn’t fit in with the fantastic oddities of witchcraft. We can tell that Fern is young yet has a big heart.
What your favorite openers to books?