Post by Sundrinker on Jun 19, 2022 20:02:43 GMT -6
With the Hook 'Em Up contest under way, a question popped into my mind: what are some of the most memorable hooks you’ve come across?
I'm not an avid novel reader but there's this one I picked up thinking it was a manga.
Story/book title: My Youth Romantic Comedy Is Wrong, As I Expected (Vol.1)
I'd post the hook too but it's a full page long and I can't find it except on Google Books and even then that part is unreadable because it's in an a low res image before the first chapter.
What did like about the hook? There was something just so striking about the cynicism and antisocial behavior of the protagonist. "Youth is lies. Youth is evil." and how he just rips on "normies" for enjoying their time in high school, falling in love and the follies of youth. I could definitely relate to that when I was that age lol.
Did it properly set the tone for the book? Yeah, absolutely and the ending of the first volume also fit the cynical view point of the protagonist. It was well done.
Did you finish the book or did you drop it? I dropped the series around the 5th volume. I wanted to like the series as a whole but... I just felt it got weaker every volume. After the hook in volume one, it was hard getting into the story but it picked up about halfway through. In the subsequent volumes, the plot points became less engaging. It was more and more of a chore to read and didn't get much satisfaction at the end of each volume. Too bad.
Last Edit: Jun 19, 2022 20:03:05 GMT -6 by Sundrinker
Post by whaleworkforfood on Jun 20, 2022 5:00:28 GMT -6
I don't fish, but my friend does. Once, he showed me this hook with an in-built device that supposedly emits pheromones to attract fish. This pheromone thingy basically means you don't need any bait. So my friend threw the hook into the water and we spent almost *reads OP* Oh, okay. That makes more sense
My Youth Romantic Comedy Is Wrong, As I Expected (Vol.1)
is a light novel title if there ever was one. I've Always Wanted to Read a Light Novel Series, But The Sheer Number of Sequels Scares Me Off!
Story/book title:If on a winter's night a traveller by Italo Calvino
This is one of my favourite books ever. The first chapter is glorious and it begins:
You are about to begin reading Italo Calvino's new novel, If on a winter's night a traveler. Relax. Concentrate. Dispel every other thought. Let the world around you fade. Best to close the door; the TV is always on in the next room. Tell the others right away, "No, I don't want to watch TV!" Raise your voice - they won't hear you otherwise - "I'm reading! I don't want to be disturbed!"
What did you like about the hook?
I love hooks that are: (a) short first sentences; (b) weird (like "...the clocks were striking thirteen" in 1984); (c) is an instruction or addresses the reader in some way (like "Call me Ishmael" or The Catcher in the Rye's opening). I think this hook combines all three of those things.
Did it properly set the tone for the book? Yes. The opening chapter is playful, kind of ridiculous and revolves around books/reading. All three elements are basically the entire book.
Post by Caulder Melhaire on Jun 20, 2022 15:40:55 GMT -6
It occurs to me now that as much as I love a strong opening, I often let it drag me into the story and then forget the specifics of it among the wonder and amazement to follow Maybe that's why I struggle with writing them so much.
My most recent read, House of Leaves starts with a brief interlude before the introduction, telling the reader, "This is not for you." Sets the tone quite nicely, but the arguable hook of the story is much more boring lol. I think one of my favorite hooks of all time comes from:
Story/book title: The Fifth Season, N. K. Jemisin
“Let's start with the end of the world, why don't we? Get it over with and move on to more interesting things.”
What did like about the hook? The opening line is so cocky and arrogant-sounding, like it came from the mouth of any generic urban fantasy lead. But then the hook continues down the page, dropping a shocking revelation and a confirmation of what it said before. It really feels like it spoils the brunt of what drives the story, and you think "These are the juiciest bits of the story, it's going to be rough to keep the tale going after spoiling all of this." And you will soon find that you are wrong.
Did it properly set the tone for the book? Absolutely. Not only does it fit quite well with the narrative trickery that follows, but also sets up a plot reveal much farther down the road. And the dry, cynical nature of that line stops feeling so cheesy and instead becomes incredibly apt given all that is to come.
Did you finish the book or did you drop it? Oh, I devoured the book, and the two that follow. Fantastic series.
Story/Book Title: Love and Other Words by Christina Lauren
This is a romance novel and it's so well written and engaging. They are one of my favorite authors because their characters are flawed, interesting, quirky, and real. The prologue (really, the first page) hooked me instantly and I knew I was going to love this book. And I did.
What Did You Like About the Hook:
It hit me right in the heart and described things that are both familiar and visceral in a way that made me instantly relate to it. It ripped out my heart and made me wish for more. I'm gonna post the first page, which is only half a page.
My dad was a lot taller than my mother—I mean a lot. He was six foot five and my mom was just over five foot three. Danish big and Brazilian petite. When they met, she didn’t speak a word of English. But by the time she died, when I was ten, it was almost as if they’d created their own language.
I remember the way he would hug her when he got home from work. He would wrap his arms all the way around her shoulders, press his face into her hair while his body curved over hers. His arms became a set of parentheses bracketing the sweetest secret phrase. (THIS is what got me.)
I would disappear into the background when they touched like this, feeling like I was witnessing something sacred.
It never occurred to me that love could be anything other than all-consuming. Even as a child, I knew I never wanted anything less.
But then what began as a cluster of malignant cells killed my mother, and I didn’t want any of it, ever again. When I lost her, it felt like I was drowning in all the love I still had that could never be given. It filled me up, choked me like a rag doused in kerosene, spilled out in tears and screams and in heavy, pulsing silence. And somehow, as much as I hurt, I knew it was even worse for Dad.
Did it properly set the tone for the book? Oh yes, it's about love and letting it both consume you and allow you to grow/change/evolve. It's a beautiful exploration of friendship and family and, of course, love. Even when it hurts. What makes it worth the pain and possible heartbreak. It has a happy ending, so that helps.
Did you finish the book? In like a day. I couldn't put it down.
“Call me Ishmael. Some years ago—never mind how long precisely—having little or no money in my purse, and nothing particular to interest me on shore, I thought I would sail about a little and see the watery part of the world.”
A great opening sentence, after that it’s all down hill, more of an entry in a diary.
I finished the book, good descriptions and descent characters. Several here IMHO have written better. It’s not a bad story nor a great one. If there’s something I’m missing, let me know.
Post by alliecartman248 on Sept 16, 2022 18:35:01 GMT -6
I really like the intro of the Book Thief. Can't post the whole thing, but here's a representative sample:
"It suffices to say that at some point in time, I [Death] will be standing over you, as genially as possible. Your soul will be in my arms. A color will be perched on my shoulder. I will carry you gently away. . .
The question is, what color will everything be at that moment when I come for you? What will the sky be saying?
Personally, I like a chocolate-colorerd sky. Dark, dark chocolate. People say it suits me."
Story/book title: Book Thief, by Mark Zusak.
What did like about the hook? The blend of poetic images and dark humor.
Did it properly set the tone for the book? Yes, the blend of poetics, dark humor, and the unique pov were representative of the book as a whole
Did you finish the book or did you drop it? Finished it! And even though it's a middle-grade book, it's still one of my favorites.
pelwrath: Watched a video where it was said that first time authors shouldn’t have a cliffhanger but a complete story as their first book. www.tiktok.com/t/ZT8yrMo6k/
Nov 22, 2023 0:42:55 GMT -6
RAVENEYE: Unless you're Patrick Rothfuss or any of the dozens of other fantasy series authors...
Nov 22, 2023 9:03:06 GMT -6
pelwrath: Do we have a thread/list of members with published books, links to them and any SM platforms we are members of?
Nov 22, 2023 9:31:01 GMT -6
Caulder Melhaire: Rothfuss!! Why, if I ever get my hands on that man, I'll make Annie Wilkes look like a bad chiropractor
Nov 22, 2023 15:36:22 GMT -6
Caulder Melhaire: Happy Thanksgiving to everyone except him LOL
Nov 22, 2023 15:37:17 GMT -6
pelwrath: Okay, looked the gentleman up and lightning did indeed hit the same tree twice.
Nov 22, 2023 18:37:24 GMT -6
pelwrath: Well my 100 word submission is posted.
Nov 23, 2023 19:14:31 GMT -6
RAVENEYE: Well, if lightning don't hit the third time, I'm tossing those first two novels into the bin cuz they're useless without the ending. Caulder Melhaire - I'll hand you the sledgehammer...
Nov 27, 2023 12:17:06 GMT -6
pelwrath: I exist in the writing world! My first 2 star review, posted in boasting thread.
Nov 27, 2023 12:41:03 GMT -6
Alatariel: Oh man, good job taking it in stride.
Nov 27, 2023 19:37:05 GMT -6
pelwrath: Only way to take it and I’ve had practice here as well.
Nov 27, 2023 21:26:07 GMT -6
pelwrath: another 100 word story posted.
Nov 29, 2023 10:02:02 GMT -6
pelwrath: Oh, did it on my phone.
Nov 29, 2023 10:33:36 GMT -6
RAVENEYE: Desperately brainstorming "snowfall" before my niece comes over for the weekend...
Dec 1, 2023 10:24:29 GMT -6
pelwrath: Excellent submission Mazzula
Dec 2, 2023 17:57:14 GMT -6
Mazulla: Thank you, Pel! Really like yours as well.
Dec 3, 2023 12:17:28 GMT -6
RAVENEYE: Dang it, I didn't get my snowfall entry written in time. Ugh, what an exhausting weekend. Either my niece's costume project seriously wore me out, or I was fighting off a germ. Maybe both?
Dec 5, 2023 13:51:47 GMT -6
Caulder Melhaire: Dagnabit, but I forgot to update the dang thing! Two days in a row I set a reminder and both days got distracted by recruiters
Dec 5, 2023 14:51:47 GMT -6
Caulder Melhaire: Welp. Lucky y'all, we're just gonna extend snowfall by one more rest of the week
Dec 5, 2023 14:52:11 GMT -6
whaleworkforfood: Congrats to Ala and Scintilla for finishing NaNoWriMo!
Dec 5, 2023 21:39:11 GMT -6