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Teddy Kelley

4 Famous Books Inspired By Dreams

Dreams have long been a fascinating phenomenon, eliciting intrigue, confusion, angst, and much debate between individuals. Dreams have a significant impact on dreamers everywhere and no one knows that better than creative minds.


Writers have often found inspiration and guidance from their dreams, as their own creative imaginations and inclinations towards capturing stories and experiences mirror dreams’ created allusions. Here are 4 famous books that were inspired by dreams.


1. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley


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Mary Shelley penned Frankenstein, a quintessentially classic novel, as a result of challenging herself and a group of fellow writers including Lord Byron, to write a horror story after the group of pals found themselves relating haunting ghost stories one night at a party. Soon afterwards, Shelley reportedly had a bizarre dream about a creature created by a scientist. That dream later led to what is now Frankenstein.


“I saw the pale student of unhallowed arts kneeling beside the thing he had put together. I saw the hideous phantasm of a man stretched out, and then, on the working of some powerful engine, show signs of life, and stir with an uneasy, half vital motion.” – Mary Shelley, Frankenstein Preface 


2. Alias Grace by Margaret Atwood



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Margaret Atwood’s historical fiction tale, Alias Grace, was largely inspired by her appreciation of Canadian author, Susanna Moodie, who had written about the bizarre murder mystery surrounding the real Grace Marks. Atwood experienced an “empathetic” dream about Moodie, which led her to closely study Moodie’s work, particularly her coverage of Marks.


“The best writing dream I ever had was in the mid-Sixties. I dreamt I’d written an opera about a nineteenth-century English emigrant called Susanna Moodie, whose account of her awful experiences, Roughing It In The Bush, was among my parents’ books. It was a very emphatic dream, so I researched Mrs. Moodie, and eventually wrote a poem sequence, a television play, and a novel—Alias Grace—all based on material found in her work. But that sort of dream experience is rare.” – Margaret Atwood, NY Review



3. Salem’s Lot by Stephen King



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If there’s one author who finds writing inspiration from their dreams (or their nightmares), it’s Stephen King. The Master of Horror has been vocal about his belief that dreaming, whether lucid or not, is an integral part of the creative process. One eerie dream in particular during his childhood proved so haunting and Stephen King-esque that it would be used as an outline for Salem’s Lot decades later. 


“It was a dream where I came up a hill and there was a gallows on top of this hill with birds all flying around it. There was a hang man there. He had died, not by having his neck broken, but by strangulation. I could tell because his face was all puffy and purple. And as I came close to him he opened his eyes, reached his hands out and grabbed me.

Years later I began to work on Salem’s Lot… as I was looking around for a spooky house, a guy who works in the creative department of my brain said, ‘Well what about this nightmare you had when you were eight or nine years old? Will that work?’ And I remembered the nightmare, and I thought, yes, it’s perfect.”- Stephen King, Writers Dreaming


4. Twilight by Stephanie Meyer



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Say what you want about Twilight, but the YA phenomenon has been one of the most successful book series in history and earned Stephanie Meyers a pretty impressive paycheck as well as cultural recognition. Interestingly enough, this cultural phenomenon came to the author in a dream.


“It was two people in kind of a little circular meadow with really bright sunlight, and one of them was a beautiful, sparkly boy and one was just a girl who was human and normal, and they were having this conversation. The boy was a vampire, which is so bizarre that I’d be dreaming about vampires, and he was trying to explain to her how much he cared about her and yet at the same time how much he wanted to kill her.” – Stephanie Meyers, CNN


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Literary Inspired Eateries to Feast Your Book-Lovin’ Eyes On

Bars and restaurants across the globe have long taken inspiration from literary greats, whether the influence is seen in the decor of the establishment or on their menus. Here are some of the most interesting literary themed establishments we could find!


Alice in Magic World, Tokyo.

Despite there probably being hundreds of Alice in Wonderland themed cafés and restaurants in the world, the one we have chosen for this article is located in Tokyo and is called Alice in Magic World. It is a decidedly trippy eatery where no hallucinogenics are necessary. Each room recalls a different scene from the book and has been designed by local interior gurus, Fantastic Design Works Co. This restaurant offers Cheshire Cat tail pizza slices, its own forest and playing card tables where you can indulge in your childhood fantasies with friends.


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Onegin, Greenwich Village, New York City.

This Russian fusion restaurant is based on Pushkin’s Eugene Onegin, from which it takes its name. The story of the jaded yet dashing aristocrat set in the opulence of St. Petersburg’s Empire Period means this lavish eatery will transport you to a more decadent time, complete with an air of elegance which evident everywhere, from the restaurant’s design to its cuisine.



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Club Verne, Budapest, Hungary.


French novelist, poet and playwright Jules Verne is famous for pioneering the science fiction genre in Europe, and for his fascination with the sea. He is best known for his novels Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea (1870), Journey to the Center of the Earth (1864), and Around the World in Eighty Days (1873). You might have come across this following quote: “The sea is everything. It covers seven tenths of the terrestrial globe. Its breath is pure and healthy. It is an immense desert, where man is never lonely, for he feels life stirring on all sides.” You don’t have to go 20,000 leagues under the sea in order to find a restaurant or bar dedicated to this man, but you do have to go to Budapest, to Club Verne, or to dinner in the Eiffel Tower… If you have a spare 500 dollars that is, as Le Jules Verne is a restaurant owned by culinary legend Alain Ducasse and dem foods don’t come cheap. Below are images of Club Verne and Le Jules Verne, respectively.


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Café Kafka, Barcelona.

Barcelona’s El Born area; a village that holds an authentic tie to its gothic history and is host to the creative community of Barcelona given its artistic edge, is also home to Café Kafka, a restaurant inspired by Franz Kafka. It is a cosmopolitan bistro with bohemian ambiance. As Kafka once said: “as long as you have food in your mouth, you have solved all questions for the time being.” 


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Bookbar, Denver, Colorado.


At Bookbar you will find a bookstore, a bar and a café all in one. It is an independent bookstore in the Tennyson Street Arts District of Denver. It is a meeting space for wine lovers who love to read and literary events are held most nights of the week in order to keep the book-loving community coming back. Such events include ‘Happier Hour: Story Time with Bradley Weaver’ for the kiddos, literary trivia nights for the adults and the option to host your book club there any night you want. A true hideout complete with the union of alcohol and literature, what more could you ask for?



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The Winding Stair, Dublin, Ireland.


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A famous landmark since the 70s, The Winding Stair is named after the Yeats poem, and in honor of its winding staircase. It is perfectly located, overlooking the river Liffey, with an iconic view of the Ha’penny Bridge. Once a popular meeting place for authors and artists, today this establishment is a hybrid bookstore and restaurant. It has a unique atmosphere to it, as it is a relaxing haven surrounded by bustling inner city Dublin. It houses extensive ranges of fiction, poetry, drama, gardening, cooking and art and design books as well as a rare book collection down the back. Its restaurant sells award-winning Irish fare.



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10 Inspirational Harper Lee Quotes

Harper Lee’s memorizing stories have contributed to the honest and open discussions of societal issues including identity, racism, maturity since they were first published. Her words have taught growing minds, educating and advising readers on resilience and growth. Even when enduring horrific and complicated matters, you can get through it. 

This lesson is incredibly valuable and is something we should all remember as we fight our own fights in our daily lives. Life isn’t rainbows and butterflies all the time, it’s struggle, hardships, loss, and difficulties. Life is tough, but here are ten reminders that you can be resilient through it all.


“As you grow up, always tell the truth, do no harm to others, and don’t think you are the most important being on earth. Rich or poor, you then can look anyone in the eye and say, ‘I’m probably no better than you, but I’m certainly your equal.'”


 “You just hold your head high and keep those fists down. No matter what anybody says to you, don’t you let ’em get your goat. Try fightin’ with your head for a change.


“Before I can live with other folks I’ve got to live with myself. The one thing that doesn’t abide by majority rule is a person’s conscience.”


“It’s never an insult to be called what somebody thinks is a bad name. It just shows you how poor that person is, it doesn’t hurt you.”

“Real courage is when you know you’re licked before you begin, but you begin anyway and see it through no matter what.”


“People generally see what they look for, and hear what they listen for.”


“I think there’s just one kind of folks. Folks.”


“You rarely win, but sometimes you do.” 

“Things are never as bad as they seem.”


“It’s not time to worry yet.” 



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The New Year

11 Quotes to Make the New Year Twelve Months of Magic

My dear bookworms, if you’re like me, you may have a love/hate (mostly love, not exactly hate) relationship with the coming of the New Year. There’s this invisible pressure on yourself to do everything you want to do or think you should do. But it’s easy to get stuck in a rut thinking it’ll be another same old year. I am a culprit of this, but does that make it right? Heck no! This is our year.


I’ve got a real good feeling about the next twelve months. It’s time to step out of our comfort zone and find the magic in every passing moment. Read a hundred books, read one book and fall in love with it over and over. Shoot, why not write a book? If my own cheese ball rant isn’t enough, here are 11 quotes to inspire you to make this a special year. I’ve found light in all of them, and I hope you do too.


1. Hope
Smiles from the threshold of the year to come,
Whispering ‘it will be happier’…
― Alfred Tennyson


2. For last year’s words belong to last year’s language
And next year’s words await another voice.
And to make an end is to make a beginning.
― T.S. Eliot
3. I hope that in this year to come, you make mistakes.


Because if you are making mistakes, then you are making new things, trying new things, learning, living, pushing yourself, changing yourself, changing your world. You’re doing things you’ve never done before, and more importantly, you’re Doing Something.


So that’s my wish for you, and all of us, and my wish for myself. Make New Mistakes. Make glorious, amazing mistakes. Make mistakes nobody’s ever made before. Don’t freeze, don’t stop, don’t worry that it isn’t good enough, or it isn’t perfect, whatever it is: art, or love, or work or family or life.


Whatever it is you’re scared of doing, do it.


Make your mistakes, next year and forever.
― Neil Gaiman
4. May Light always surround you;
Hope kindle and rebound you.
May your Hurts turn to Healing;
Your Heart embrace Feeling.
May Wounds become Wisdom;
Every Kindness a Prism.
May Laughter infect you;
Your Passion resurrect you.
May Goodness inspire
your Deepest Desires.
Through all that you Reach For,
May your arms Never Tire.
― D. Simone
5. As long as I am breathing, in my eyes, I am just beginning.
― Criss Jami
6. We spend January 1st walking through our lives, room by room, drawing up a list of work to be done, cracks to be patched. Maybe this year, to balance the list, we ought to walk through the rooms of our lives…not looking for flaws, but for potential.
― Ellen Goodman
7. Past and Present I know well; each is a friend and sometimes an enemy to me. But it is the quiet, beckoning Future, an absolute stranger, with whom I have fallen madly in love.
― Richelle E. Goodrich
8. No brooding over old worries, let’s start a new series.
Forget about all the negativities, think of new possibilities.
Here to conquering a new frontier, that’s all I wish in the upcoming new year.
― Shon Mehta, Modern Parables
9. The magic in new beginnings is truly the most powerful of them all.
― Josiyah Martin
10. Let’s start a new slate, let’s look for the rainbow in every cloud and let’s be more humane and selfless, let us become more philanthropic- that’s my wish for the New Year.
― Charmaine J. Forde
11. There is nothing magical about the flip of the calendar, but it represents a clean break, a new hope, and a blank canvas.
― Jason Soroski




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