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    worst opening lines?

    Discussion in 'Writing Prompts' started by Pandemonia, May 27, 2014.

    This was an idea I got from the Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Contest (http://www.bulwer-lytton.com/about.html), which challenges entrants to compose the opening sentence to the worst of all possible novels. Something along the lines of:

    It was a dark and stormy night; the rain fell in torrents — except at occasional intervals, when it was checked by a violent gust of wind which swept up the streets (for it is in London that our scene lies), rattling along the housetops, and fiercely agitating the scanty flame of the lamps that struggled against the darkness.” (from the BLFC web site)

    Can you match that? :)
     
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    Our story starts off in a fair little farm in the fields of 1830s England. There a little orphaned boy named Shaun Baker toils in the heat under the service of his cruel caretaker, Miss Alice. Wetherby. The boy himself is ten, pale, scrawny to the bones with tattered, patch-worked clothing much too big for him. He works day in and day out in the barn, hobbling around on a twisted brown crutch for his left foot was twisted inward, a birth defect that gave him no end of mockery from the matron and the children of the nearby hamlet. Yet despite all that, his heart is pure as a golden jay, he is a goodly, kind-hearted, compassionate child. He never once imagines inflicting harmful action upon his cruel matron, or fantasizing monsters from other worlds suddenly invading the farm to terrorize his cruel matron. Indeed, he would instead sing his troubles away to the farm animals, one of whom is a horse he so adores. He named her Molly, from his mother who died along with his father to a gruesome axe murder that was, unfortunately, never solved. All he has to remember his parents by is a locket that he wore around his neck, a locket which he makes sure to never, ever, let Miss Alice discover. But one day, he shall make a discovery of a sword once thought lost to legend, a sword that will guide him to his eventual destiny.

    It all starts out...

    ~*~
    How was that? :D
     
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    Actually, that was rather interesting, because it's so unique. :p
     
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    He began his 3-hour long speech on evolutionary game theory as seen in behavioral differences among the spider Agelenopsis aperta.
     
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    No, sorry. That's a great opener!!!
     
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    Oh that might very well be, I missed that point... ups !
     
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    You were doing fine, till you got to "...the pristine estate that my old uncle Vern called 'shit.'" There you veered off into pretty damn good territory again. You must work harder on reining in your genius, if you plan to succeed on this thread. :)
     
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    Ach, you're getting the idea now. Still not as bad as it could be, though. You've still to master the appalling grammar and awkward sentence structure that would enhance this stunning scene. Mind you, your 'crippled street' image is noteworthy.
     
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    Too interesting, eh? Okay, this should do the trick:

    He began his 3-hour long speech on evolutionary game theory as seen in behavioral differences among the spider Agelenopsis aperta. But first, he decided to tell all of his favorite spider jokes.
    "What do you call two recently married spiders? Newly webs!"
     

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