As writers and readers we are emotionally moved by words. Words make us happy. They make us angry. They make us think. We can be moved to tears, to laughter. We can even be moved to throw the book against the wall when it disappoints or angers us. But in every single case, without question, words make us FEEL.
Here are a few books that have memorable lines. I've put the book and author following it, but how many of you could have quoted the title and author even without the prompt?
"It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness . . ." (A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens)
"Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again." (Rebecca by Daphne De Maurier)
"In the beginning God created the Heaven and the Earth." (Holy Bible, King James Version)
There are some works of fiction, be they classics, literary prose, or good ole romance that have those Ah Ha moments whey you are reading them, those particular words that resonate with you and remain long after you've finished the book.
The same thing with goes for movies.
"I'll be back." (Terminator)
"Frankly, my dear, I don't give a damn." (Gone With The Wind)
"Never give up, never surrender!" (Galaxy Quest—sorry, I couldn't resist since this should be the motto all writers live by).
It's not always the opening lines we remember; maybe it's something from the middle, or evening from the end of a movie or book or even a song. But there's just something about a certain combination of words and phrases that can touch us intellectually, emotionally, and spiritually.
Each person has lines and phrases that are special to them, that kept them reading a certain book or watching a certain movie, or evening listening to the same song, over and over.
What's yours? Tell me about a special line or phrase from a book or movie or song that springs to mind when you think about your favorites.