This speaks most elegantly for itself: enjoy perusing the Worst Opening Lines produced by the 2011 competitors for the Bulwer-Lytton Prize (announced July 25, 2011).
Warning: not for the faint of heart; only writers, avid readers, and librarians are apt to find this funny! And here’s a link to the genesis of this imaginative competition, FYI.
Looking for colorful character ideas to enliven your next short story? Browse these, if you dare.
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