“Don’t judge a book by its cover” is a common phrase, but what about a single page? Maybe page 112?
Le Prix de la Page 112 (the Prize of Page 112) has a jury read page 112 first; if it’s good, they read the whole thing. Why that page? It’s from a Woody Allen quote from his film Hannah and her sisters:
Don’t forget the poem on page 112. It reminded me of you!
They say if a book has a beautiful page 112, then the rest must be great as well. However, sometimes in that page nothing happens, and it could be the case with the rest of the novel. The problem is, in the case of novellas or short stories, you can’t apply this strange rule.