First lines rewritten according to the current guidelines for social contact. It’s a thing found on Lithub, well, I found the link someone else posted on Facebook, and who knows where that came from.

That’s how our modern world works, isn’t it? We may be isolated from our friends, neighbours and family, hoping to stem the tide and reduce our risk of Coronavirus, but our online social network is as supportive as ever.

So, despite having moved house some 200 miles only a few days ago, my social circle is much the same. This shows what a boring person I am!

First lines reimagined

There are new rules we have to follow, of course, to minimise our risk of spreading the virus. I love how people are drawing out the humour even in this serious situation. When I read these wonderfully funny examples of reimagined first lines on Lithub, they inspired me to try my book openers.

The Princelings of the East

George was suspended in mid-air, his legs dangling from the ceiling of one room while he worked out whether he could climb into the turret and still be more than six feet from his brother.

The Princelings and the Pirates

“There’s a noise of oars or something, I tell you!” Princess Kira turned away from the window where she’d been peering out into the mist. “I’ll defend our last toilet roll to the death if need be.”

Curved Space to Corsair

“We’ve never been this far out of the galactic plane before. Have we?” Lars Nilsson frowned as he calculated just how many parsecs constituted a ‘safe distance’.

Why not have a go at your own, or for one of your favourite books?

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First Lines for social distancing

2 thoughts on “First Lines for social distancing

  • 27 March, 2020 at 9:29 pm

    Love those! I appreciated you sending me the first lines to the classics, too, in a nice text-only form I could read :).

    • 28 March, 2020 at 7:06 am

      I’ll send them over to you for when you’re back on dry land!

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