It Was a Dark and Stormy Night" gives the players an opening line or paragraph of a book. All the players know about the book is the genre and the time period it was written in. HARD!!!
Another game, "Lie-brarian", (I think this is a Barnes & Noble exclusive), is like the writing game "First Lines". The players are given the title, author and plot summary of a book and they have to create an opening sentence for the book. The actual opening line is hidden among the players' entries and players get points for choosing the right first line AND for tricking their opponents into choosing their faked first line. This second game can be played without the expensive box of cards. Just gather some cool looking books and take turns being the "Lie-brarian" by telling the other players about the book and scribbling down the first line. The Lie-brarian (I HATE that name), then reads ALL entries as if each one might be the first line. The game is a lot of fun. Try it with older readers (grades 5 and up).
Now, I want to play a form of "It Was a Dark and Stormy Night". I will write out the first line of a book written for children or teens. Then I will give you three choices. Check back tomorrow (or the next day) to see if you have chosen correctly.
First line: (I couldn't resist this one.)
"It was a dark and stormy night."
A. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C. S Lewis
B. Hoot by Carl Hiaasen
C. A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle