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Gili Karev
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Your Four Favorite Works of Literature That Were Born in a Dream

By Gili Karev

Which of your favorite books were the brain child of dreams?

The Twilight SeriesMeyer reveals why being a vampire really sucks 

Whether Edward and Bella seduced you into loving them or sparked an intense hatred for the vampire obsession currently sweeping the globe, you most certainly are at least familiar with their story. What is worth noting about Stephanie Meyers’ famous series turned major grossing film – the idea was conceived during sleep. Meyers dreamt about a conversation between her two main characters, an event that sparked the inception of one of the most commercially successful series ever produced.

 

The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. HydeThe tale no man can hyde from

Similar to Robinson Crusoe and The Adventures of Alice in Wonderland, Robert Louis Stevenson’s, The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, is the most famous novel to dichotomize good and evil. Whether or not you’ve read Stevenson’s book, chances are you know the plot and have referenced it in conversation. Its chilling premise was born out of a nightmare Stevenson had one night, and his character’s convoluted personalities are considered some of the most formative in literary history. Rumour has it that Mrs. Stevenson was so worried about her husband’s erratic sleep behaviour that she awoke him in the middle of the dream, to which he replied, ‘Why did you wake me? I was dreaming of a fine tale.’

 

Stuart LittleA lovely tail of a mouse-child’s dreams and adventures

Now stepping into less terrifying literary territory, I have yet to meet someone who didn’t fall in love with the spunky innocence of Stuart Little. One of the most memorable characters from children’s literature, E.B. White dreamt of the beloved mouse-boy in the 1920s. The then essayist was sure his gentle dreams of a talking mice would be tucked away somewhere for his future nieces and nephews to enjoy – little did he know it would become one of the world’s most cherished stories.

 

Book of DreamsNightly visions from a sprightly visionary

My flavor of the month happens to be beat writer Jack Kerouac who took the world by storm with his popular bestseller, On The Road. Later into the 1950s Kerouac published one of the most telling and psychedelic accounts of his dreams. In Book of Dreams, the prolific author draws from autobiographical experience, publishing a series of dreams in which an array of characters from many of his other works make unexpected appearances. Though this book gives itself away in the title, it becomes clear that most of Kerouac’s canon was inspired by altered states of consciousness.

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