AMELIA GREY | One Liners That Stick With You
March 30, 2010
Good morning! I’m very happy to be with you at Fresh Fiction today. Thank you for
having me here.
Just a week or so ago I was reading over some old letters from my sister and one
of them ended with, "May the force be with you." I started laughing. I had not
thought about that line from Star Wars in years. But it started me thinking
about great one-liners I remembered from movies and books and I said, "Oh, I
must blog about them!"
Are any of you old enough to remember Clint Eastwood’s Dirty Harry Series and
his famous, "Go ahead, make my day," line? I think he is also the one who said,
"Do you feel lucky?" I have to smile about that one! Do you remember Star
Trek’s "Beam me up, Scottie." Another favorite one-liner of mine is Love Story
with Ali McGraw saying, "Love means never having to say you’re sorry." A more
recent quote that is often mangled and misquoted to the point of being humorous
is Jack Nicholson’s line from A Few Good Men,"You can’t handle the truth!" I
love them all.
There are some great lines from books, too. Probably two of the most famous are
"It was a dark and stormy night and Frankly, my darling I don’t give a damn."
Both of which have been muttered by most everyone at one time or another. And
then, for me, there are some great first lines in books that are so powerful and
intriguing that I knew I had to read on. One of my favorites that may not come
easily to every romance reader’s mind is the first line from Julie Garwood’s Honor’s Splendor, "They
meant to kill him." I immediately wanted to know; who is he, who wants to kill
him, and why. Look at the first line in
Laura Kinsale’s latest
Lessons in French. It
says,"Lady Callista Taillefaire was a gifted wallflower." I was instantly
hooked by that description. What would make a wallflower gifted? I wanted to
keep reading and find out about this young lady.
All writers want to find powerful, intriguing opening sentences so the reader
will be immediately pulled in to the story and want to read on. I’m hoping I
did exactly that with the first line of my current book An Earl To Enchant. when I
wrote; "Was she late, or just not coming?" Naturally, my desire is that the
line intrigues you enough to want to read on and find out who is she, who’s
waiting for her and why.
So, now that I’ve told you some of my favorite lines from movies and books, I
would love to hear about some of yours.
The first chapter of An Earl
To Enchant, which is the third book in my Rogues’ Dynasty Series, is
available to read on my website. I hope you’ll give it a try. I’m always happy
to hear from readers. Please e-mail me at email@example.com or visit my website at
AN EARL TO ENCHANT by AMELIA GREY--IN STORES
He’s determined not to be a hero...
Lord Morgandale is as notorious as he is dashing, and he’s determined no woman
will tie him down. But from the moment Arianna Sweet appears on his doorstep, he
cannot resist the lure of her fascinating personality, exotic wardrobe, and
tempting green eyes...
She has a deadly secret...
Arianna Sweet never imagined the significance of her father’s research until
after his untimely death. Now she is in possession of his groundbreaking
discovery, one that someone would kill for. She can’t tell Lord Morgandale her
secret, but she knows she needs his help, desperately...
About the Author
Winner of the Booksellers Best Award and the Romantic Times Award for Love and
Laughter, Amelia Grey's
books have been sold in Europe, Russia and China. Married for twenty-five years
to her high school sweetheart, she has lived in Alabama, Connecticut, New
Hampshire, and now calls Panama City Beach, Florida, home. For more information,
please visit her website.
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47 comments posted.
Re: AMELIA GREY | One Liners That Stick With You
"Wer're dominoes--we fall one way or we fall another." "I don't care. I only know I'd love you whichever way it fell out."
Seize the Fire-Laura Kinsale
(Sue Ahn 1:49am March 30, 2010)
Sher now that you but me on the spot i can't renember a one of them.I will more then likely go all night trying to think of them.
(Stacey Smith 2:15am March 30, 2010)
"God bless us, every one" - A Christmas Carol - Charles Dickens. It never gets old and brings a tear to my eye each time we read it at Christmas.
(Sharon Mitchell 4:03am March 30, 2010)
Arnie's 'I'll be back' is one my family and I use lots and lots and when we do the rst start laughing, no matter who said it or why, it always gives us a laugh.
(Barbara Hanson 9:10am March 30, 2010)
When I was teenager we would always make fun of the Wendy's commercial "where's the beef".
(Sherry Russell 9:50am March 30, 2010)
Your book sounds great. The first line is wonderful. Some of my favorite movie one-liners:
“This could be the start of a beautiful friendship.” Casablanca (1943)
“What we have here is a failure to communicate.” Cool Hand Luke (1967)
“I’ve a feeling we’re not in Kansas anymore.” The Wizard of Oz (1939)
“I’m mad as hell and I’m not going to take it anymore.” Network (1976)
“Show me the money!” Jerry Maguire (1996)
(G S Moch 10:20am March 30, 2010)
Frankly my dear I don't give a damn has always been my favorite and I have used it quite often myself!
(Gail Hurt 11:49am March 30, 2010)
Sue Ahn - Good quote. The author sums up in a few words complex emotions.
(Amelia Grey 1:17pm March 30, 2010)
Stacey - there are so many quotes it's tough to narrow down favorits.
(Amelia Grey 1:20pm March 30, 2010)
"Yada, yada, yada" from the Seinfeld show comes to mind.
(Cheryl Snyder 1:21pm March 30, 2010)
Sharon - a favorite of mine too. Written perfectly in the old English.
(Amelia Grey 1:23pm March 30, 2010)
Barbara - who could forget Arnie? And his Hasta La Vista Baby!"
(Amelia Grey 1:25pm March 30, 2010)
Sherry - "failure to communicate" can be used at home and work! You picked some great quotes.
(Amelia Grey 1:26pm March 30, 2010)
I always think of " Life is like a box of chocolates, you never know what you are going to get" F. Gump :)
(Colleen Conklin 1:29pm March 30, 2010)
G S - four words says it all, "show me the money". I wonder if the author had any idea how popular that phrase would become?
(Amelia Grey 1:30pm March 30, 2010)
Gail - love Gone With the Wind, and love that phrase too.
(Amelia Grey 1:31pm March 30, 2010)
Cheryl - I saw that episode. Lot's of good quotes from Seinfield
(Amelia Grey 1:46pm March 30, 2010)
Colleen - And Tom Hanks said it perfectly!
(Amelia Grey 1:47pm March 30, 2010)
I've always loved Browning's,
"Grow old along with me, the best is yet to be".
(Eileen Blackmore 2:32pm March 30, 2010)
Congrats on the new release, Amelia. One of my favorite lines is "It was a pleasure to burn" from Ray Bradbury's "Fahrenheit 451."
(Jane Cheung 3:33pm March 30, 2010)
Eileen & Jane - Two more great quotes. Thanks for checking in.
(Amelia Grey 4:07pm March 30, 2010)
Thank you for visiting my blog at Fresh Fiction today. It was lots of fun reading the quotes. I love to hear from my readers so you can reach me at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit my website at ameliagrey.com
(Amelia Grey 7:41pm March 30, 2010)
One liners are the best!
(Marjorie Carmony 7:59pm March 30, 2010)
One of my favorite first lines is "Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again." from Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier.
(Rosemary Krejsa 8:41pm March 30, 2010)
Edgar Allen Poe: "Once upon a midnight dark and dreary..." "quothe the raven: Nevermore". but yes, original Star Trek had some great ones. "Dammit Jim, I'm a doctor; not a ...
(Susan Driskill 8:43pm March 30, 2010)
"Life is tough, its tougher when you're stupid." john wayne
Not sure I agree, but I like it.
(Mary Lynn Hayes 9:11pm March 30, 2010)
"Friends, Romans, Countrymen, lend me your ears..." Julius Ceasar
(Kai Wong 9:27pm March 30, 2010)
I enjoy witty books. Conversations between the heroes/heroines with double entendres make me happy. Perhaps that's because I have a one-track mind, or so I've been told.
I use "Wuzzup?" a fair bit ... and, of course, the "Frankly, my dear, I don't give a damn" is used too often ... then there's "A horse is of course a horse of course...." when I'm out on the farm ... and "is that your final answer?" is used frequently when playing games with family ... or "I can't believe I ate the whole thing" ... or sometimes when we have a picnic I sing, "my bologna has a first name, it's O-S-C-A-R" (always a favorite).... Don't get me going!
(Elaine Seymour 10:56pm March 30, 2010)
I always liked 'Make my day'
(Karen Blossom 12:00pm March 31, 2010)
I love the bumbling Secret Agent Maxwell Smart & his many notable one liners. " Missed it by that much." & my all time favorite " Good thinking 99" which I think everyone has said at one time or another.
(Mary Preston 7:58am March 31, 2010)
From "Return of the Night of
the Living Dead"-they were
discussing how you kill a
zombie--"You mean they lied?!"
And another from Wizard of Oz
(Lisa Richards 8:23am March 31, 2010)
No soup for you! from Seinfeld. Better than 'time out" or "go to your room", but they know what I mean!
(Karin Tillotson 8:41am March 31, 2010)
Turn the candle back! from Young Frankenstein.
(Cate Sparks 10:03am March 31, 2010)
From Crocodile Dundee my husband is always quoting 'I don't need a gun, I've got a Donk! and 'That's not a knife - THIS is a knife!
(Barbara Hanson 10:19am March 31, 2010)
One of mine actually comes from a blonde joke - the punch line is "duh, big red truck"!, so when someone says or does something "stupid" or obvious, they get a "duh, big red truck!".
(Kelli Jo Calvert 10:38am March 31, 2010)
"We're going to need a bigger boat."
Where I work we are always using the line from Jaws when we realize we are going to need more help to get something done.
The opening line from Mary Janice Davidson's Unwed and Undead always cracks me up.
"The day I died started out bad and got worse in a hurry."
(Pamela Bolton-Holifield 11:13am March 31, 2010)
How about Columbo with his "...and I just one more question," as he turns when you think he's leaving the room and can predict without fail this line's gonna happen.
(Alyson Widen 11:21am March 31, 2010)
I can't remember when I first heard it but my favorite line as a Mom, and now a Gramma. is "No is a two letter sentence" and I'm more than happy to claim it as my own!
(Jeanne Miro 11:47am March 31, 2010)
"You talkin' to me? Do I amuse you?"
-Joe Pesci, Goodfellas
(Freda Mans-Labianca 1:41pm March 31, 2010)
Where the heck was my brain?
The quote from Young Frankenstein is
"Put the candle back"
I sure like reading all of the above!
(Cate Sparks 1:54pm March 31, 2010)
Oh, no! I can't remember any outstanding lines by myself (ditto for jokes) although I recognize them when I hear them. That shows how my mind works. It was rediscovered when I was playing Taboo with family the other day. You have to guess a certain word without having used 5 or 6 taboo words. I wasn't bad at recognizing words when my partner in the game tried to prompt me. However, I, a former teacher, was totally tongue-tied when I had to give the explanations myself. We two lost, of course, much to my partner's chagrin.
(Sigrun Schulz 5:02pm March 31, 2010)
"Dave? Dave's not here!" Cheech & Chong, one of their earlier movies, I don't remember which one. It came up in a conversation the other day, in a place I would have never expected it to happen!
Also, "Keep turning left!", the universal Roller Derby slogan.
(Lynn Rettig 5:35pm March 31, 2010)
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God bless YOU, Cecilia
(Cecilia Dunbar Hernandez 11:20pm March 31, 2010)
Amelia et alles: It's hard for me to chose a single favorite one-liner. However, one that sticks in my mind persistently is the opening title in "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid": "Not that it matters, but most of what follows is true."
(Mary Anne Landers 3:05am April 1, 2010)
The one that comes to mind first and foremost is "I was born"....By Charles Dickens.
I remember the discussions in my english class...a great intro vs a bad intro...Was it a correct way to start a story or the wrong way?
What is right is what works, IMO....and it did. And thank heavens for those authors that venture out on a limb and take a chance on a new beginning!!!
(Mitzi Hinkey 4:19am April 1, 2010)
I really like "“What we have here is a failure to communicate.” and Clint Eastwood's "Do You Feel Lucky? "
I'd love to read An Earl To Enchant. My kind of book.
(Carol Luciano 4:06pm April 2, 2010)
"It's deja vous all over again", always cracks me up.
(Dorothy Swingle 10:25am April 3, 2010)
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