Reader's Choice for Top 10 Fantasy and Science-fiction Literary Opening Lines Is fromThe Hobbit
According to a survey conducted by online portal Geekdad, readers have voted the opening lines of "The Hobbit" to be the top among the 10 best opening lines of Fantasy and Science-fiction Literary works of 2012.
The voters belonged to 27 different countries and "In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit" from J.R.R. Tolkien's The Hobbit was voted to be the most popular opening line among the Top 10 Fantasy and Science-fiction novels.
The list as published by the website reads:
1. In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit. - The Hobbit, J.R.R. Tolkien
2. The story so far: In the beginning the Universe was created. This has made a lot of people very angry and been widely regarded as a bad move. - "The Restaurant at the End of the Universe, Douglas Adams
3. It was a pleasure to burn. - Fahrenheit 451, Ray Bradbury
4. This is my favorite book in all the world, though I have never read it. - The Princess Bride, William Goldman
5. When Mr. Bilbo Baggins of Bag End announced he that he would shortly be celebrating his eleventy-first birthday with a party of special magnificence, there was much talk and excitement in Hobbiton. - The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, J.R.R. Tolkien
6. It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen. - 1984, George Orwell
7. The sky above the port was the color of television, tuned to a dead channel - Neuromancer, William Gibson
8. Call me Ishmael. - Moby Dick, Herman Melville
9. It can hardly be a coincidence that no language on earth has ever produced the expression "As pretty as an airport." - The Long Dark Tea Time of the Soul, Douglas Adams
10. All this happened, more or less. - Slaughterhouse-Five, Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.