First Lines: Pirate Cinema

Cory Doctorow’s Pirate Cinema—part of the Humble eBook Bundle—is part novel, part manifesto. While it’s a story about a boy running away from home, growing up and creating an identity and place for yourself in the world, it’s also a manifest about creativity, freedom and copyright reform.

The story just worked for me. On both levels. First, I’m a sucker for coming-of-age stories, and secondly, it’s long been my belief that current copyright law is completely inadequate for this day and age. So Pirate Cinema, which combines these things cleverly, turned out to be pretty relevant to my interests.

That I particularly liked the order of the words helped. Like, “Sleep demanded that we spend some time with it. We didn’t even make it upstairs.” or,

And there I was, standing on the street, snogging the crap out of a girl I was falling in love with, thinking of how my neighbors in Bradford had hung out their England flags every World Cup and how no one in my English family could be arsed to watch the game. Get that? I wasn’t just thinking about football—I was thinking of how little I cared about football. Stupid brain.

Book read
Cory Doctorow — Pirate Cinema
First line
I will never forget the day my family got cut off from the Internet.