Wednesday, April 9, 2014

FAVORITE FIRST LINE by Kate Evangelista

So many books, so many opening lines. That’s why I really had to think about this post. I looked at my favorite books. I looked at my least favorite books. Nothing really stood out until I dug deep into my college days. The opening line that stuck with me over the years is an iconic one: “Call me Ishmael.” Even those who have not read Mody Dick know this line, or is at least familiar with it.

Because I’m a literature major, Moby Dick was on my reading list. I am happy to report that I finished reading this book. Did not even cheat or anything. Of course, it’s more a whaling manual than a work of fiction, but who can resist Captain Ahab and his quest for the white whale?

Three words, “Call me Ishmael,” bring you into the story right away. It’s a conversation between you and Ishmael, the narrator. But I won’t bore you with details about Moby Dick. If you haven’t read it, put it on your bucket list. What I like most about this opening line is its almost Shakespearean quality. It’s just as good as “O Romeo, Romeo! Wherefore art thou Romeo?” or “To be, or not to be.”

As a side note, did you know, according to the Urban Dictionary “Call me Ishmael” is actually a phrase used to refer to a fat woman? Meaning she’s a white whale. Insulting, I know, but that’s how iconic this line is. The moment someone uses it as a pop culture reference it’s made it to the generation’s psyche.

Alright, thanks for hanging out with me today for my turn at the DDYA blog. Please make sure to follow me on Twitter and like my FB Page for the latest on what I’ve got going on. My latest release is called Til Death from Entangled Teen. Visit my website for a complete list of my titles and a link to my blog.

In accordance to the theme of this post, here’s Til Death’s opening line:


Yup. One word.

Make sure to grab your copy to find out why.


Wherever books are sold near you.

Happy reading!


  1. Well then, do not “Call me Ishmael” because I don't want to be referred to as a fat woman. :) Great post!

  2. I'm with Margo. =) I do believe that's a first line many people will recognize. Funny how it's in Urban Dictionary.

  3. great post, Kate! Now I've gotta read your new book to figure out that first line!

  4. Thank you so much for taking the time to read the post, ladies! I was surprised too when I was doing research about the line. Ain't it just the weirdest thing?