(You know you came of age in the 90s if you immediately started singing "Closing Time" after reading that.)
We writers spend a lot of time talking and thinking about opening lines. They are prime real estate; they have to hook in your reader; they set the tone for the hundreds of pages to follow. Maybe it's my need to always be contrary, but I am not a huge fan of opening lines (in general). It's not often that an opening line sticks in my head and stays there. Closing lines, on the other hand--I love them.
The Great Gatsby: "So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past." I would sell a kidney to have written that.
The Time-Traveler's Wife: "He is coming, and I am here." Oh, the crying that followed.
For Whom the Bell Tolls: "He could feel his heart beating against the pine needle floor of the forest." There goes my other kidney. (Wait a minute. . . .)
Here's the Best 100 List from Stylist.
Agree/disagree? What are some of your favorite closing lines?