They pull you in.

First lines: They convey voice, tone, mood; They set up a story; They pique curiosity in readers and listeners. Writers put in tremendous effort to make a big impact with this small space.

Openings shares great first lines.

Hopefully they catch your interest and you discover something new. Or you re-experience a first line for the second time.

If you know a great opening that’s not on the site, submit it!  

Browse first lines

From books (218), poems (38), movies (17), songs (36), articles (41).  

About the site

Designed and run by Chris Rhee.  


Livory for serif text: quoted material, some body text. JAF Bernina Sans for sans-serif text: navigation, small headings, quote source information, footer. FishmongerK for the logo. Fonts are served by Typekit.  

Thanks Typekit, for featuring Openings on Sites We Love!  


WordPress with Advanced Custom Fields plugin.