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30 August 2008 @ 11:38 am
First Lines Meme  
So everyone is doing that first lines meme and I thought I would play. I am lazy, though, so I am not doing them all, and I'm not even doing 20.

Post the first lines from your last 20 15 stories and look for patterns.


1. He was invincible.

2. Dean pulled the Impala to the side of the road and threw her into park.

3. "He's awake! Hold him down!"

4. He didn't know why he'd come.

5. No more desperate, sloppy, needy Dean.

6. She felt like she was leaving a lifetime behind her.

7. Dean stared at the lifeless reflection in the mirror.

8. If Daniel hadn't been so engrossed in his book, he might have noticed the oddity sitting in front of him.

9. Out of all the monsters they'd hunted over the years, Sam never had expected this.

10. The sound of the crackling fire assailed his ears, burning a scar deep into his memory, one he knew that he would carry forever.

11. It wasn't so much a race against time, but a race against nature.

12. Every night she would lie in bed listening to the distant winds outside her window.

13. "This is different."

14. He just knew this was going to be better than Monty Python.

15. Teal'c stopped for what seemed like the hundredth time in the past twenty minutes.


Uh...since this is a fairly varied sampling of fic from different fandoms, I'm not sure what patterns there are. I obviously like to try to start with some kind of hook, something that is meant to have the reader want to read the next line. Not all of these first lines are like that. Sometimes I start with dialogue, but mostly here I don't. I seem to favor pronouns over actual names in the first sentence.

Maybe there are other patterns I'm missing. Hmm.

In other news, I'm starting to reopen some flocked posts that got accidentally flocked when I went semi-friends only. They are so old that it shouldn't affect your flist anyway. And I'm going to do some tagging. I always forget to do that.

I also learned through flipping through my LJ I fell for SPN a lot earlier than I thought.  I always figured that watching the S2 DVDs is what made me an SPN fan. But in reality I was showing definite signs as early as October of last year during S3. I didn't get the S2 DVDs until Christmas. I think I was standing at the edge of the cliff to begin with and S2* just pushed me over.

Yay for violent metaphors...

*I had already seen all of S1 via DVD and part of S2 prior to getting the DVDs, but not much. I had already seen the last 20 minutes of a rerun of In My Time of Dying (my very first SPN episode which prompted me to buy the S1 DVDs), Crossroad Blues, The Usual Suspects, Croatoan, Roadkill, and Heart. Incidentally, I gave up the show after watching Heart. I was nudged into watching Playthings and Tall Tales on The CW website as well as Hollywood Babylon, but I refused to watch Houses of the Holy or Born Under a Bad Side. Stupid me. I came back for the finale, but wasn't sure if I would stick around for S3. Guess I did.
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Nervous, Messed-Up Marionette: are you theresuperbadgirl on August 30th, 2008 06:01 pm (UTC)
Why on earth would you refuse to watch Houses of the Holy and Born Under a Bad Sign? I faint.
Working for the Mandroid: Heat of The Momentmoonshayde on August 30th, 2008 06:09 pm (UTC)
I am exceedingly stubborn and contrary. Did you not know this by now? Heh heh. Heck, I went from seeing promos of the show and thinking, oh cool to refusing to watch because my flist wouldn't shut up about it ;)

I know. Why? I am just so dificult.

To be honest, I didn't really know the show very well at that point. I had only seen S1 and I might not have been entirely finished with it by then, and I had only seen a handful of S2 episodes.

I had to deal with Meg badgering me for months about the show so I finally caved enough to watch a few episodes on the CW website. She still hasn't forgiven me for flat out refusing her when it came to Houses of the Holy and BUABS.

Then when I said I wasn't really sure I was going to even give S3 a try she flailed over how I had missed all the good episodes. I finally watched them just this year.

So yeah. I am notoriously stubborn ;)

Nervous, Messed-Up Marionette: belasuperbadgirl on August 30th, 2008 06:27 pm (UTC)
I'm not sure stubborn is the word I'd use, myself. ;)

PS, I just meant irrational. And I'm that way about Torchwood, except I genuinely had and continue to have no interest in it, despite the squeeing.

Edited at 2008-08-30 07:08 pm (UTC)
Working for the Mandroid: crossroadsmoonshayde on August 30th, 2008 09:03 pm (UTC)
I actually thought the word "bitch" was what came to your mind ;)

I'm like that and there is no excuse for it. I am so contrary when it comes to tv.
Nervous, Messed-Up Marionette: hot saucesuperbadgirl on August 31st, 2008 04:30 am (UTC)
I don't use the word "bitch" without extreme cause.
MegTDJmeg_tdj on August 30th, 2008 08:58 pm (UTC)
Yeah, she refused to watch them because I said they were good. I defy you to find the logic in THAT. ;)
Working for the Mandroid: Driftmoonshayde on August 30th, 2008 09:04 pm (UTC)
No, I didn't avoid them because they were good. I avoided them because I didn't believe you :P
MegTDJ: Sam Dude - moonshaydemeg_tdj on August 30th, 2008 09:11 pm (UTC)
I did say you avoided them because I SAID they were good. Same reason you're avoiding S:AAB now, isn't it? Huh? Huh?

SBG! She's avoiding Space: Above and Beyond! Tell her to stop! :P
Nervous, Messed-Up Marionette: nightmare scenesuperbadgirl on August 31st, 2008 04:33 am (UTC)
Meg says to tell you to watch Space: Above and Beyond.

Which you really should. And you don't have a stark, raving looney farm of fandom to deal with, there.

cyren_2132: guhcyren_2132 on August 30th, 2008 07:54 pm (UTC)
Meme is so awesome, I had to do it too.
Working for the Mandroidmoonshayde on August 30th, 2008 09:04 pm (UTC)
Okay! Went to check it out
MegTDJ: Dean Manic Laughter - rogue_outkastmeg_tdj on August 30th, 2008 08:58 pm (UTC)
Nudged? I don't remember nudging. I remember kicking, shoving, and threatening.
Working for the Mandroid: Across Realmsmoonshayde on August 30th, 2008 09:02 pm (UTC)
Biting.
MegTDJ: Sam Dean Fangirls - jadebloodmeg_tdj on August 30th, 2008 09:03 pm (UTC)
I'm not proud of it, but I did what I had to do. :P
Muse Chaser: Sam - shockedplatysseus on August 30th, 2008 10:45 pm (UTC)
As somebody who watched SPN from the start... only due its X-Files links, I should find this terribly hard to believe. But I do believe it because there are some very silly people out there. ;)

*must do meme*
     Mandya_phoenixdragon on August 31st, 2008 04:45 am (UTC)
*hugs*

These were all great lines to start out with!
purpleshrubpurpleshrub on September 1st, 2008 07:15 pm (UTC)
That's funny; I prefer actual names over pronouns, and in fact the first word of my stories is often a name.

Also: I don't care how wonderful SPN is, I'm not going to watch it. And I'm not going to read any fanfic for it, even when it comes from authors I like, because then I *know* I *will* watch it, and I watch too much TV already. So there!