Some popular books have been based on dreams, I just learned today as I Googled information for this blog. Here are some:
And some from this Huffington Post article:
Edgar Allan Poe’s Poetry
Edgar Allan Poe suffered from nightmares throughout his life, and they were said to sometimes inspire his poems and short stories. He also wrote several poems about the phenomenon of dreaming (“Dream-Land” and “A Dream Within A Dream,” notably).
As Poe wrote in his 1839 essay “An Opinion On Dreams,” dreams are a powerful form of consciousness:
That dreams, or, as they were then generally called, visions, were a means of supernatural instruction, if we believe the bible at all, is proved by Jacob’s dream, the several visions of Ezekiel and other prophets, as also of later date, the Revelations to Saint John; and there appears no reason why this mode of divine communication should be discontinued in the present day.
Stephen King’s “Dreamcatcher”
Stephen King was hit by a minivan in 1999, while he was walking down a country road in Maine. While recovering from the collapsed lung and a shattered leg, the prolific horror writer began having vivid dreams.
“The first really strong idea that occurred to me after the accident was: four guys in a cabin in the woods,” King told the San Francisco Chronicle in 2003. “Then you introduce this one guy who staggers into camp saying, ‘I don’t feel well,’ and he brings this awful hitchhiker with him. I dreamed a lot about that cabin and those guys in it.”
Those dreams formed the basis of the 2001 novel turned film Dreamcatcher. But it wasn’t the only work of King’s to be inspired by a dream: King has said that his dreams help him to portray events symbolically in his writing.
I must admit I have not read any of these books (and some I did not even know about until now), but since I have diversifying my reading recently, some--if not all--of these books may just go on my list. Those who have read any of these, did you now they were based on dreams?
And how about this one--did you know it started as a dream? I didn't know, until today: