5 Less Known Books Inspired by Their Authors’ Dreams

One of the most interesting questions you can ask a writer is where did he get his or her inspiration to write a certain book, and given the fact that the history of literature registered so many great works, the answers are infinite and fascinating. And when it comes to world – famous writers and novels, things get even more interesting, as imagination seemed to travel to territories us readers don’t even begin to comprehend. But was it only imagination, creativity, a blend of personal experiences and fictional reinterpretations of reality that made some writers deliver outstanding creations, or was it more than this?

Today we will see five less known books inspired by their author’s dreams, and even you already are aware of titles such as The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde – which came from Mr. Robert Louis Stevenson’s dream of a man with multiple personality disorder, or Mary Shelley’s dream about what humanity will later meet as Frankenstein, there are other just as famous titles which can be traced back to their authors’ dreams.

5. Charlotte Bronte’s Jane Eyre

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Jane Eyre’s story arc comes from a blend of lucid dreams, night dreams and even lucid visions Charlotte Bronte had and detailed. One of the biggest classic novels of all times, Jane Eyre may not have come directly and perfectly from her author’s hallucinations, prophecies, visions and dreams, but it is a product of them all, skillfully put by Bronte on paper, together with a touch of genius.

4. Stephen King’s Salem’s Lot

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Mr. King never neglected the dreams function and inspiring role into the life of a writer. While it is well known that terror / horror masterpiece Misery was inspired by a dream he had on the board of an airplane. The nightmare about a psychotic fan kidnapping a writer was so powerful, King soon translated the images into words, and this is how bestselling novel Misery was born. But King had other dreams, even as a child, and Salem’s Lot is the product of adult and established writer King going back to child Stephen and putting that old nightmare on paper.

3. H.P. Lovecraft’s The Statement of Randolph Carter and all his other works

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H.P. Lovecraft is the incontestable father of all things horror and all his works deserve a place in this list of less known books inspired by their author’s dreams, especially if we talk about The Statement of Randolph Carter, a dream the author just transcribed into words, adding some preface to make things clear. But Lovecraft is known for suffering from nightmares since his childhood years and critics safely assume that almost all his terrorizing stories about the Great Old Ones and the monsters he created can be traced back to his troubled dreams.

2. E. B. White’s Stuart Little

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Maybe this one isn’t all unknown to you, but it is still fascinating how one of children’s most favorite characters came directly from the author’s dream. He actually “saw” a young boy acting and looking quite well like a mouse, and here is where it all began. E.B. White confessed to this, but it took him nearly two decades to turn the dream into a story.

1. Anne Rice’s Interview with a Vampire

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If Stephenie Meyer did indeed dream about a sparkly old beautiful vampire falling in love with the girl next door, thus becoming one of the most successful Young Adult book (and movie) series in our modern times, back in the day, the mother of the most fascinating vampires that ever blessed literature and cinema was dreaming of blood, death and her very sick daughter, who eventually died of a severe form of leukemia, sending her mother to the edges of darkness and despair. Anne Rice maybe never dreamed about Lestat and Louis, but she did dream something so powerful, so unnatural, that it turned into one of the best and most appraised vampire sagas in all history. 

Surprising or not (and mostly not), in this list of less known books inspired by their author’s dreams, you can fit in almost all Edgar Allan Poe’s works, as he, just as Lovecraft, was a troubled man with vivid nightmares that are plausible to have turned later on in mind-blowing masterpieces, but literature knows many other works that came directly from their creators’ vivid dreams and visions.

3 Less Known Book Openings You Should Know

In the world of literature and creative writing, one of the things that matter the most, according to some specialists, is the opening paragraph. It should be catchy, engaging, interesting, addictive and powerful enough to keep you hooked to the book and start your journey through the story. There is not one list of famous literary openings, but dozens, and while many agree that some lines are the best in history, others come up with even more and more examples, from classic literature to contemporary one.

However, there are some less known book openings you should know about and be able to say to whom they belong. This doesn’t have to do with you playing cool and educated and throwing a book quote randomly in a conversation, just to show how smart, educated and superior you are, but has everything to do with you being able to have a conversation about famous book openings and go beyond the classic “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times” or “Lolita, light of my life, fire of my loins.” These classics made history, indeed, but let’s take a look at others too. Here are 3 less known book openings you should know to whom they belong and how really famous they are for certain people.

1. The Favorite Game by Leonard Cohen

Of course you know famous musician Leonard Cohen wrote a bunch of novels and some poetry collections, right? And that The Favorite Game is a masterpiece easily comparable with J.D. Salinger’s Catcher in the Rye, right? Well, this is how The Favorite Game begins and it is a beautiful introduction in the universe of innocence that Cohen has created.

“Breavman knows a girl named Shell whose ears were pierced so she could wear the long filigree earrings. The punctures festered and now she has a tiny scar in each earlobe. He discovered them behind her hair.

A bullet broke into the flesh of his father’s arm as he rose out of a trench. It comforts a man with coronary thrombosis to bear a wound taken in combat.

On the right temple Breavman has a scar which Krantz bestowed with a shovel. Trouble over a snowman. Krantz wanted to use clinkers as eyes. Breavman was and still is against the use of foreign materials in the decoration of snowmen. No woolen mufflers, hats, spectacles. In the same vein he does not approve of inserting carrots in the mouths of carved pumpkins or pinning on cucumber ears.

Children show scars like medals. Lovers use them as secrets to reveal. A scar is what happens when the word is made flesh. It is easy to display a wound, the proud scars of combat. It is hard to show a pimple.”

2. The Big Sleep by Raymond Chandler

This should be not be among the less known book openings you should know, because it is quite famous. Perhaps mostly among those who study literature and the mystery niche in detail, but this opening still stands the test of time when analyzed and is still given as example when teaching students and debutant authors on how they should start. It inspired other crime novelists after Chandler to carry on his legacy and it is still considered perfect as literary technique. It was Chandler’s debut novel, so imagine the skills the man had, if his opening paragraph is still one of the most powerful in mystery / thriller literature.

It was about eleven o’clock in the morning, mid October, with the sun not shining and a look of hard wet rain in the clearness of the foothills. I was wearing my powder-blue suit, with dark blue shirt, tie and display handkerchief, black brogues, black wool socks with dark blue clocks on them. I was neat, clean, shaved and sober, and I didn’t care who knew it. I was everything the well-dressed private detective ought to be. I was calling on four million dollars.

3. The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy

We sure hoped you heard about her and read this book, and if you didn’t, you should give it a try. A book reviewer on Goodreads commented once that even if he read this book ten years ago, the opening paragraph is still fresh and powerful in his mind. The book is amazing and was described as such not only by the critics but the readers as well. You can almost taste, feel, see, hear and smell the universe Roy is creating from the first lines, and this is just the beginning.

“May in Ayemenem is a hot, brooding month. The days are long and humid. The river shrinks and black crows gorge on bright mangoes in still, dustgreen trees. Red bananas ripen. Jackfruits burst. Dissolute bluebottles hum vacuously in the fruity air. Then they stun themselves against clear windowpanes and die, fatly baffled in the sun.

The nights are clear, but suffused with sloth and sullen expectation.”

Do you have your favorite book opening paragraphs that are considered less known and you believe they deserve to become famous? Share them with us!

The Absolute Worst Calendars for 2014

As a new year begins we are full of hope and expectation for the coming 365 days. Whatever you do, don’t go and spoil the positive vibes by buying one of the worst calendars for 2014.

The Welsh Phone Boxes Calendar

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The Best Travel Photos Ever Taken

One of the best things about travelling is the selection of photos you take. Or at least it should be. If you take the same sort of blurry, boring snaps as me then here are some travel photos which show us how it should be done.

San Francisco, USA

Best Travel Photos and San Francisco, USA

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6 Awesome Nail Designs Ideas

Since everybody is getting ready to party one way or the other with the New Year’s celebration, the fashion industry and the cosmetics one are in a constant race to offer men and women alike everything they need, everything they think they need and everything they didn’t even thought about needing in terms of outfits, beauty products, creative ideas, hacks and tricks. And while for the gentlemen things seem to be a bit simpler, as if you found a suit to stay sharp on you, you’re pretty much done, when it comes to the women in our lives, from head to toes they wish to look beautiful and outstanding. This is we we thought that some awesome nail art ideas wouldn’t hurt, even if we are sure the ladies know already everything that moves and breathes in this respect.

However, we browsed a little the vast amount of information available and found six awesome nail art ideas to match the ladies’ personalities, behaviors, beliefs even, fashion tastes and their wishes to be unique.

1. For the cool geek chick with a thing for superheroes

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You know that nowadays, being a cool geek chick doesn’t mean you are a pimple – jar bottom glasses – social freak like in the old days, but that you are actually a cool, hip, modern, fun and witty gal who’s not afraid to insert World of Warcraft references in a conversation, nor to wear superhero – inspired nails when attending a super cool party. You will find a few tutorials on the Internet to guide you.

2. For the patriot in you

american flag

It doesn’t matter what happens, if you love your country and have patriotic feelings pounding in your chest, among some of the most awesome nail art ideas we found was the American Flag design, which is cool (and we guess pretty hard to nail) in and out of itself.

3. Hello Kitty! Yes, you!

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The Hello Kitty trend seems to be immortal when it comes to fashion and beauty in general, but when it comes to nail art, the possibilities seem endless. You will find tutorials teaching you how to get these artistic nails done to last you for a lifetime and there are also some other related combinations that look just as interesting.

4. What’s sweeter than fruits? Awesome nail designs ideas with strawberries

fruity bunch

Actually it’s not only strawberries that women wear on their nails, there are also melons, pineapples, kiwi and all sorts of juicy fruits to design on your nails, especially if you are going to some exotic New Year’s Eve party (or another type of one for that matter) and you just want to fit in the scenery.

5. For the flower power bunch

flower power

There are some awesome nail designs ideas out there, but when it comes to fun and funky, flowers still rank the top ten choices. For the young, free spirited, fun and jolly girls out there, there are some complicated designs (we honestly don’t know how you girls manage to create such awesome art on so small “canvases”) but a few ones look incredibly well. Almost give you the feeling that spring is right here, two feet away from bursting into unearthly colors and joy.

6. For the sophisticated ladies who are on top of their game

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There are some women out there who look elegant and smashing and have an eye and a heart for details that take our breath away. We imagine them wearing elegant night dresses, walking royally with a glass of campaign in their hands and torch a man’s heart with only one glance and half of smile. So these ladies pay quite an attention to their nails too, not only their hairdos and their stilettos, so the nail design industry has something for them too. Obviously.

There are others awesome nail designs ideas, like the one with the Minions we mentioned before, but all in all, when it comes to beauty, some things just turn into works of art. And some of them are just beyond fabulous!