Writing Inspiration: The Rules of Attraction

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Novel: The Rules of Attraction

Author: Bret Easton Ellis

Opening Line:

and it’s a story that might bore you but you don’t have to listen, she told me, because she always knew it was going to be like that, and it was, she thinks, her first year, or, actually weekend, really a Friday, in September, at Camden, and this was three or four years ago, and she got so drunk that she ended up in bed, lost her virginity (late, she was eighteen) in Lorna Slavin’s room, she remembers, a Senior or a Junior and usually sometimes at her boyfriend’s place off-campus, to who she thought was Sophomore Ceramics major but who was actually either some guy from N.Y.U., a film student, and up in New Hampshire just for The Dressed To Get Screwed party, or a townie.

Closing Line:

She started telling me her life story, which wasn’t very interesting, and when Rockpile came on singing ‘Heart’ I had to turn it up, drowning out her voice, but still I turned to her, my eyes interested, a serious smile, nodding, my hand squeezed her knee, and she

 

Note: The opening and closing lines really do begin and end mid-sentence!!

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