And then the murders began

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lle vet hvor viktig åpningssetningen er i en roman. Den må vekke nysgjerrigheten og være sterk nok til å trekke leseren inn i universet. Den andre setningen må spisse intrigen. Å komme på disse setningene kan være nokså vanskelig, men én forfatter har kommet opp med en setning som nesten alltid hever spenningen. Og det har tatt helt av på nettet.

«And then the murders began.»

Marc Laidlaw har kommet opp med den perfekte setningen. Ta en hvilken som helst åpningssetning fra en bok og legg til «And then the murders began.». Se hva som skjer. Her er en rekke engelske eksempler, men test det på et par norske bøker også. Fungerer minst like bra.

 

Det var lørdag, og froskemamma og froskepappa var ute og handlet. And then the murders began.

Lille Frosk i verdensrommet, Jakob Martin Strid

 

#1

In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. And then the murders began. (The holy bible)

And then the murders began. Har du fått med deg denne bok-trenden?

#2

There was an old lady who lived in a shoe. She had so many children, she didn’t know what to do. And then the murders began. (Nursery Rhymes, Dorling Kindersley)

 

#3

One sunny Sunday, the caterpillar was hatched out of a tiny egg. He was very hungry. And then the murders began. (The Very Hungry Caterpillar, Eric Carle)

 

#4

“I wonder what Piglet is doing,» thought Pooh. And then the murders began. (Winnie The Pooh , A.A. Milne)

 

#5

It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen. And then the murders began. (Nineteen Eighty-Four, George Orwell)

 

#6

Every Who down in Whoville liked Xmas a lot but the Grinch who lived just north of Whoville did not. And then the murders began. (How The Grinch Stole Christmas, Dr. Seuss)

 

#7

The sun did not shine. It was too wet to play. And then the murders began. (The Cat In The Hat, Dr. Seuss)

 

#8

I am the chairman and president of The Trump Organization. And then the murders began. (D. Trump – How to Get Rich)

And then the murders began. Fått med deg denne boktrenden?

#9

He was an old man who fished alone in a skiff in the Gulf Stream and he had gone eighty-four days now without taking a fish. And then the murders began. (The Old Man And The Sea, Ernest Hemingway)

 

#10

All children, except one, grow up. And then the murders began. (Peter Pan, J. M. Barrie)

 

#11

It was the day my grandmother exploded. And then the murders began. (The Crow Road, Iain Banks)