What is a hook in storytelling? 8 examples of these hooks

If you are an avid reader, you must have come across both kinds of books - the ones that are unable to grab your attention, and you end up leaving it after a while, and the ones that make you thoroughly involved in its plot and you are unable to keep it down.

The difference between both types of books is the absence or presence of a good hook. If the author hasn't used this literary device efficiently, there is a very slight chance that you will be engaged in one such book. On the other hand, the storytelling hook plays a significant role in enticing the reader from the first line. It usually appears at the novel's beginning and can range from a single line to a few pages.

Here are 8 examples of some of the most memorable hooks from a few legendary works:

  1. "It is a truth universally acknowledged that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife."- Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice.
  2. "It began the usual way, in the bathroom of the Lassimo Hotel." – Jennifer Egan, A Visit from the Goon Squad.
  3. "The war in Zagreb began over a pack of cigarettes."- Sara Nović, Girl at War.
  4. "It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness …"- Charles Dickens, Tale of Two Cities.
  5. "Those who saw him hushed. On Church Street. Liberty. Cortlandt. West Street. Fulton. Vesey. It was a silence that heard itself, awful and beautiful."- Colum McCann, Let The Great World Spin.
  6. "Lydia is dead. But they don't know this yet."-*** Celeste Ng, Everything I Never Told You.
  7. "On the morning of October 30, 1969, the body of Chase Andrews lay in the swamp, which would have absorbed it silently, routinely. Hiding it for good. A swamp knows about death and doesn't necessarily define it as tragedy, certainly not a sin." - Delia Owens, Where the Crawdads Sing.
  8. "We went to the moon to have fun, but the moon turned out to completely suck." - M. T. Anderson, Feed.

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