What is your favourite opening scene?
Oi, what a hard one! I can't think on the spot about things like this. Really gotta learn to plan ahead! Plus, I don't think I have a favourite, exactly. Just some that I like.
Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone comes to mind as once I started I did not put that book down.
"Mr and Mrs Dursley of number four, Privet Drive, were proud to say that they were perfectly normal, thank you very much. They were the last people you'd expect to be involved in anything strange or mysterious, because they just didn't hold with such nonsense." - J.K. Rowling
There's also The Night Circus which I reread recently. It exudes wonder from page one!
"The circus arrives without warning."
"'The Circus of Dreams,' comes the reply. The girl smiles delightedly.
Then the iron gates shudder and unlock, seemingly by their own volition. They swing outward, inviting the crowd inside.
Now the circus is open.
Now you may enter." - Erin Morgenstern
The Raven Boys had an interesting start too, very foreboding!
"Blue Sargent had forgotten how many times she'd been told that she would kill her true love." - Maggie Stiefvater
There's also the whimsy of Magonia.
"I breathe in. I breathe out. The sky's full of clouds. A rope is looping down from above, out of the sky and down to earth. There is a woman's face looking at me, and all around us, hundreds upon hundred of birds. The flock flows like water, surging up and into the air, black and gold and red, and everything is safe and cold, bright with stars and moon.
I'm tiny in comparison, and I'm not on the ground.
I know everyone has dreams of flying, but this isn't a dream of flying. It's a dream of floating, and the ocean is not water but wind.
I call it a dream, but it feels realer than my life." - Maria Dahvana Headley
I'll stop there. I could keep going on if I pick up every one of my favourite books! Though there is one other opening that stands out, but unfortunately I can't remember the book. It was a romance I read many, many years ago and began with a double entendre about a rooster. Something about grabbing a big cock. Very immature of me, but I remember cracking up laughing. I've yet to read another book that began in quite the same way!
Do you have a favourite opening scene? Do you like any of the above too?