Top 5 books influenced by sleep
Just like a good book; sleeping is a gateway into another world. It’s a place where we tap into our subconscious and dream, and interesting things tend to be found there. Inspiration for good stories is one of them, as many writers have transformed the stories they dreamed about into successful novels. There are also lots of stories where sleep plays a big part in the narrative too. All in all, sleep has in many ways contributed in creating lots of brilliant stories. Here are five of our favourites.
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
This famous German fairytale was written by Brothers Grimm in 1812 and titled Schneewittchen. The most famous part of the story is arguably when the evil Queen tricks princess Snow White into eating a poisoned apple. As a result, Snow White is in an eternal state of sleep. Well, until some handsome prince comes along and saves her, just like they do in all the best fairytales.
As if the idea of never being able to get a minute of sleep isn’t scary enough. Imagine getting hallucinations of little white beings visiting your neighbours and friends and killing them too. That’s what begins to happen to loveable Ralph Roberts, age 70, when his wife passes away. Soon he begins to understand what these hallucinations and creatures are, and realises that he is entangled in cosmic events that could soon lead to death and disaster for the people in his town. This is a great story that will keep you up all night.
The Big Sleep
The Big Sleep is the first of Raymond Chandler’s hardboiled crime novels featuring detective Philip Marlowe. The acclaimed story is highly regarded for its complexity and rich array of double-crossing characters. Its narrative doesn’t use sleep as a plot device, but it does use it in the novel’s title as a euphemism for death, a thought that comes towards the end of the story about ”sleeping the big sleep”. It’s a classic novel that makes for some fantastic bedtime reading.
First published as Histoires ou contes de tempes passé, Sleeping Beauty was first published by Charles Perrault in 1697. In the original tale a wicked fairy curses a princess, making it so that one day she will be pricked by a spindle and fall into a 100-year sleep. Inevitably, that soon happens and her father has her carried to the finest room in his palace to rest. Fast-forward a century later and (surprise, surprise) a prince discovers the castle while on a hunting trip. When the prince learns that the princess is inside he sets out to rescue her. He climbs tall trees and brambles until he finally gets to her room where he lifts the curse with a kiss. This ancient tale has stood the test of time and is a firm favourite with little girls before they get some shuteye.
The Twilight Saga
The Twilight series are fantasy novels about the love one girl shares with a vampire. The first book in the series went to number one in the New York Times Best Seller list and was published in 26 countries. But where did the success start? In the author’s dreams. Stephanie Meyer dreamed about a human girl and a vampire who was in love with her but thirsted for her blood. When Meyer awoke from her dream she was inspired to write everything that happened down and that eventually became the thirteenth chapter in the book!
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