Yesterday, on Facebook, we posted a link to an article from the Hook about replacing the second sentence of any piece of writing with “And then the murders began.” It’s genius and works with nearly everything. It’s our new favorite game.
A Wrinkle In Time: “It was a dark and stormy night. And then the murders began.”
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring: “When Mr. Bilbo Baggins of Bag End announced that he would shortly be celebrating his eleventy-first birthday with a party of special magnificence, there was much talk and excitement in Hobbiton. And then the murders began.”
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland: “Alice was beginning to get very tired of sitting by her sister on the riverbank, and of having nothing to do: once or twice she had peeped into the book her sister was reading, but it had no pictures or conversations in it, ‘and what is the use of a book’, thought Alice, ‘without pictures or conversation?’ And then the murders began.”
Go Tell It on the Mountain: “Everyone had always said that John would be a preacher when he grew up, just like his father. And then the murders began.”
Madeline: “In an old house in Paris that was covered with vines lived twelve little girls in two straight lines. And then the murders began.”
It even works with nonfiction:
The Gettysburg Address: “Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth, upon this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal. And then the murders began.”
“Trump Tells G.O.P. It’s Now or Never, Demanding House Vote on Health Bill” (New York Times): “President Trump issued an ultimatum on Thursday to recalcitrant Republicans to fall in line behind a broad health insurance overhaul or see their opportunity to repeal the Affordable Care Act vanish, demanding a Friday vote on a bill that appeared to lack a majority to pass. And then the murders began.”
The Bible: “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. And then the murders began.”
How does this game work with your favorite books? Share them with us!