(Author’s note: This was revised from an earlier posting on my blog.)
I once read a story where one of the main characters dreamt about an old lover morphing into someone else. There was nothing special about it, countless stories show character’s dreams, but that one jarred loose a problem I have with dreams in stories; namely, they’re too normal. I mean, I have dreams where monkeys with robotic arms show up. I think the problem stems from the fact that my dreams are just weird and don’t make any sense once I’m awake. For example, I had a dream where I was on a plane in the air and then turned and walked into a large auditorium. In the dream, I didn’t notice anything unusual about that. But if I try to explain it now, it seems so stupidly fanciful. But the dreams in stories aren’t just stupid fancies, they are there to advance the story or delve into the character’s desires. And to top it off, they’re written while the author is awake, making them cheap, imitation dreams.
Does anyone else have this problem, or do I just have really bizarre dreams?