Much like how books can inspire and change people, books can inspire and even change other books, which can very well be indicated solely based on the newer ones’ titles, as if cuing us in on what the new book would be about from this little literary Easter egg!
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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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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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.
“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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Smiles from the threshold of the year to come,
Whispering ‘it will be happier’…
― Alfred Tennyson
And next year’s words await another voice.
And to make an end is to make a beginning.
― T.S. Eliot
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
― Criss Jami
― Ellen Goodman
― Richelle E. Goodrich
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
― Josiyah Martin
― Charmaine J. Forde
― Jason Soroski
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