Saturday, 3 October 2009

If a dream > 2 sentences I don't read it

Other people's dreams are dull, in real life and in fiction. I wish writers would confine their characters' dreams to one sentence or two. I skip over them if they are any longer.

9 comments:

zhisou said...

I agree so much, I hate reading about other people's dreams.

nmj said...

My eyes glaze right over. Give me a short & snappy dream, that is fine, but any long meandering details and I'm skipping paragraphs.

trousers said...

I do sometimes find that I can follow other people's recounting (verbal or written) of their dreams in detail and be hooked from start to finish - though these are the exceptions rather than the rule.

Still, one of the dreams which a friend had and which still makes me laugh out loud can be described in two words with a short parenthesised note:

Cat Curling (curling as in the sport).

nmj said...

As in cat as the puck?

Other people's dreams are interesting if you know that person well, or if you are in the dream, otherwise I just can't sustain interest. Fictional or real.

trousers said...

Yes, cat as the puck - I think it's a wonderful image. I agree that knowing the person is a factor.

I'm just perturbed that my dream last night was that I realised I had a 1970s-style moustache, and a badly-trimmed one at that.

In fact I'd call that a nightmare.

nmj said...

you weren't listening to the village people before you slept?

trousers said...

Now there's a question I've never been asked before...

Rick said...

I can imagine someone else having an interesting dream. What I can't imagine as interesting in the slightest is someone else having sex. I say we eliminate sex scenes from novels.
;-)

nmj said...

They are horrible to write, and maybe even more horrible to read, but I think you need a few here and there. I am turning into my granny though, I am increasingly squeamish about sex scenes in movies...