Inception was beyond words for me, and I'm not just talking about Tom Hardy's performance.
I wrote my book before I found out that dreams are the last thing readers/agents/publishers want to encounter. Well, well, well. That doesn't bode well for me, does it? You see, a couple of my main characters are dead. Way dead. They can't very well pop into the living world and communicate with Kat, so they pull her to them in her dreams.
Let's step to the side for a moment. What do you think of when you hear the word 'dream?' Here's ten off the top of my head (warning: these will not be original):
Martin Luther King, Jr.
I dreamed a dream in time gone by
To dream the impossible dream
What Dreams May Come
When my cats twitch in their sleep
Giant snakes eating my cat
Dreamlover by Mariah Carey
Quick explanation. Yes, I like musicals. No, I've never seen Selena or What Dreams May Come. Yes, I realize New Moon doesn't have any dream scenes, but I still think Bella 'seeing' Edward is kind of dreamlike, you know? Yes, I've had the dream with the giant snake (woke up bawling my eyes out, seriously).
So, why do readers/agents/editors dislike dreams in books? I've heard that they don't want to invest their attention in filler or something that isn't real/important to the plot. Why should an author never (ever ever) start the book with a dream? Hmmm...this one's tough for me. Some people say to start your book where the story begins. What if that's in a dream? Should a prologue be used in that case?
This isn't me defending my book to the world. Actually, I'm hoping Christopher Nolan changed the way people feel about dreams with Inception. Whether you found it awesome, awful, or just plain confusing, we can all agree that it was original (and original ideas are so hard to find nowadays...have you seen previews for The Adjustment Bureau? yeah).
I'd like to know your thoughts on this one. Do you use dreams in your book? How about reading them? Like or dislike? Why?
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