The opening line of a book is extremely important, as it has to be intriguing and powerful enough to capture the reader's imagination. Then, the second line has to intensify the intrigue. Coming up with these lines can be pretty difficult, yet one writer came up with a second line that would almost always heighten the intrigue to its peak, and the Internet is going crazy.


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"And then the murders began" - that's the clever line Marc Laidlaw came up with. Add it to almost any opening line and you've got yourself a hell of an intriguing book opening. Now people are tweeting famous first lines of books followed by Marc's second line, with the hashtag #LaidlawsRule. The results are absolutely hilarious! See for yourselves below, and feel free to add your own intriguing openings to the list.

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#1

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

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John L 6 months ago

.....and its been going on ever since.

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#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)

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Alexandrianna the Non-Human 6 months ago

Noooot the best solution in the world...

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#3

Mr & Mrs Dursley, of number 4, Privet Drive, were proud to say they were perfectly normal, thank you very much. And then the murders began. (Harry Potter And The Sorcerer's Stone, J.K. Rowling )

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ettiene stevens 6 months ago

This actually sums the Harry Potter series up perfectly.

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#4

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)

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Daria B 6 months ago

Larva (the Korean cartoon).

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#5

"Where's Papa going with that axe?" said Fern to her mother as they were setting the table. And then the murders began. (Charlotte's Web, E.B. White)

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IAmTheRealTimbo 6 months ago

Well, actually if u read the book, the murder does begin☹️ Of pigs😭

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#6

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

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김지수 6 months ago

Piglet, you...

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#7

Five little puppies dug a hole under the fence and went for a walk in the wide, wide world. And then the murders began. (The Poky Little Puppy, Janette Sebring Lowrey)

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Avia 6 months ago

KILLER PUPPIES. VILLANS OF CUTENESS.

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#8

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

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Master Markus 6 months ago

Less creepy than the actual remainder of the book.

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