As fantasy lovers, the books we enjoy are often the stuff of dreams. But what do the books we read teach us about dreams? We've asked some of the Fellowship of Fantasy authors and these are their responses:
H. L. Burke
Kandi J. Wyatt
"For Ben’hyamene, this was more like a dream come true. He remembered that Caedmon had said “Aislin” meant dream, and here he was experiencing his life’s dream. When Turqueso had showered him with flames of turquoise fire, he thought the dream had died. Though he had been raised to be an Agamid, his father’s ideas were very different from what a true rider should be. When Ben’hyamene had stolen Sarai away from Avi’or’s home, he had relinquished all rights to be an Agamid. Now, Aislin had given him the chance again." Dragon's Revenge
This section shows a dream coming to life. I love how it had died because Ben'hyamene was unworthy, but it was granted out of pure grace.
Julie C. Gilbert
"The natural dreams Nadia usually has consist of scenes from her memories. She once explained that everybody takes in a whole lot more than they process. The explanation goes a long way in explaining why people tend to dream strange mixes of folks they know, things they’ve done, and places they’ve seen." Malia's Miracles
Jillian is a Dream Shaper, so over the course of the series, she learns many different aspects of having and controlling dreams. Dreams are weird, but that's what makes them awesome to explore and think about.
Jessica L. Elliott
“In cases of enchanted sleep,” Moira began slowly, “dreams can become a form of alternate reality. The person sleeping may see parts of the other person’s quest. She is in danger of losing herself to her dreams and they can morph into nightmares, creating monsters and situations she may not be able to escape.” Prince Charming's Quest
I've always been fascinated by dreams and with my Sleeping Beauty retelling I wanted the princess to do more than just sleep. Having her dreams become a second reality gave the opportunity for her to do more than take a long nap as well as explore that fear I think we all have of stepping into a dream we can't escape.
G'mork: Foolish boy. Don't you know anything about Fantasia? It's the world of human fantasy. Every part, every creature of it, is a piece of the dreams and hopes of mankind. Therefore, it has no boundaries.
Atreyu: But why is Fantasia dying, then?
G'mork: Because people have begun to lose their hopes and forget their dreams. So the Nothing grows stronger.
The Neverending Story
(I found the quote on IMDB so it may only be from the movie) I like this quote because it made me realize how important imagination is. In a world telling me to grow up and stop being a child this helped me see realize that I could do both. I wanted to grow up filled with my dreams instead of with Nothing.