>begins with character waking up
>story begins with a dream foreshadowing the climax of the novel
>story begins with date, setting, weather MC is mentioned by name performing an action
>the man in black fled across the desert, and the gunslinger followed
This is several tiers above what I expect from Stephen King, which is garbage
>fictional allusions make the author seem weird and most people can't connect with it
>non-fiction allusions make the author seem cheap and showoffy
>novel begins with protagonist making a thread about cliched tropes on 4chan
>Primary character is a white male.
>Book ends with MC writing the novel that you just read.
>he notices when a book has a plot
>text is good and a little too agreeable, making your inner contrarian kick in and hate it
I was looking for the original quote and I came across this article:
>Ada’s greatest puzzle, in all senses, is its setting. The opening line – a misquotation from “Anna Arkadievitch Karenina”
Did he just refer to the novel by its main character's first name and not the actual title of the work?
I was an out of work actor with a beard and a button up shirt. I wasn't ugly, but I wasn't beautiful. I was strikingly average. I'm the kind of guy you would expect to work in a cubical. I had my photo taken by a stock image company.
It was the first work I've had in months. Now my face is all over a website where grown men wank their willies to little girls drawn by grown Japanese men.
It was better to be out of work.
>opens with "there are two kinds of people in this world"
>the main spoiler literally in the first lines
>the first sentence of the book is 50+ words long and is just saying "It was X, it was -X"
>book begins with a description of the weather.
is there any kind of horror that doesnt follow the fucking done to death
>everything is normal
>something cool and pretty is deconstructed like that bummer period on acid
>it was all an illusion
>things get a little creepy
>each proceeding chapter is just a fugue of the last, with things getting progressively creepier
>steadily not breaking 4th wall by jumping straight into high creepiness.
>Story leaves every chapter on a forced cliffhanger, including the ending.
>shitty thread that usually gets 2 replies is still up for days
where do you open the book when you are trying to decide whether or not to buy it?
I open it to the first page and if i'm bored by the first page I put that shit back down. because, hey everyone knows your first page needs to be the hook. An exposition of your best writing ability. if it's not then you're starting your audience off feeling like shit just drudging through your book like a bored teenager reading their highschool reading selection then just going fuck it and watching the movie instead.
these are books you shouldnt read on principle.
because the author thinks they are cleverly trying to make you see a particular point from their perspective and lock you into that.
this happened in the fountainhead and catcher in the rye. but my intellectual self-defense allowed me to just go, "yeah, well fuck you didnt work. I just read your book for the rape."