Love that Line

Many women will tell you that their husbands or boyfriends can’t remember a thing – their anniversary, to take the garbage out, to put the toilet seat down or to pick up milk on their way home from work. BUT….we all know that’s not entirely true because men always seem to remember the important stuff like the scores and plays from games of long, long ago, no matter the year, no matter the sport.  And those lines…those famous lines from their favorite movies. You know the ones: Animal House, CaddyShack, Fast Times at Ridgemont High,…

Well, I have some favorite lines from movies too…

“Mama always said life was like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re gonna get.”   Forrest Gump

“I’ll have what she’s having.” When Harry Met Sally…

“You had me at ‘hello.’” Jerry Maguire

“You’re killing me Smalls!” The Sandlot

“There’s no crying in baseball!”A League of Their Own

Why do we have favorite lines? Why out of the two plus hours of well-written lines, do we remember these? Why do they stick, branded on the minds of men (mostly men) and women?  Because they’re clever. They capture the mood and convey it so succinctly. They’re fun to repeat. They make you feel witty, powerful, funny, and poetic.

But movies aren’t the only source of fabulous lines. Many unforgettable lines dwell in    books as well, especially in picture books.

As often as I can, I’ll share a line from one of my favorite PBs. Hopefully you’ll enjoy them as much as I do, and maybe, just maybe, they’ll inspire you to write a line that captures the heart of some voracious, bright-eyed little booklover. And a warning before we start, I love good rhyme – not all rhyme –but selective, brilliant, well -chosen, story enhancing, move forward rhyme!

For examples of some of my favorite PB lines click here



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