I was asked about nightmares on Formspring, and the thought occurred to me about my visual perspective in my dreams. For the most part they are in third person. Why? Hell I don't know. I rarely remember my dreams when I wake up or forget them shortly after they happen. But the ones I do remember have mostly been in third person. What about you?
Mostly first person, but I did once have a dream that was basically a film-noir version of my high school life, with me as a private detective and the girl I was currently crushing on as a rich recent widow who may or may not have stabbed her husband in the back and left him in a pool.
The truth was up to me to find out.
That dream was AWESOME.
Pretty much every nightmare I have is in first-person, probably to add to the "powerless" effect a lot of them have, along with any dreams where I'm doing something menial or having a conversation. I've had a few third-person dreams, but the older I get, the less I remember them.
" Mostly first person, but I did once have a dream that was basically a film-noir version of my high school life, with me as a private detective and the girl I was currently crushing on as a rich recent widow who may or may not have stabbed her husband in the back and left him in a pool.The truth was up to me to find out.That dream was AWESOME. "Sounds a bit like the movie Brick.
First person, but for some reason, along with those images comes the images of third person. I can think about dreams and have memories easily on hand which are of some sort of secondary invisible person's perspective. But I'm still telling this and experiencing them like first person. Hard to explain exactly what i mean.
Almost always in third person. And mostly pretty damn vivid and intense in their nature. Which by the way can be really usefull, when you are a freelance writer (and aspiring novelist).
Weirdest dream I ever had, was me being a fucking War Craft 3 guard tower. Just standing around, chilling and of course, ocassionally firing an arrow or two at some dudes passing by.
Hmm, I've never had a dream in third-person before. I'm not even sure what that would be like honestly. I mean are you implying that you are actually seeing yourself in third-person while simultaneously "being" yourself in that dream? That would be like watching yourself on TV while simultaneously being that version of yourself displayed on the TV.
Yeah I would describe my dreams as being like a movie. They're never continuous. There's always cuts, zooms, establishing shots, tracking shots, etc.
Maybe it's because in movies when there is a dream sequence the character is never experiencing it in first person. The sequence is always filmed exactly as it is in reality. Well, more or less.
" @McGhee_the_Insomniac said:OH SHIT. Now I'm freaking out. O_0" When I was a kid I had a dream where I was holding a controller and I was controlling a third person version of me in a game. "This might be the closest example of a dream within a dream. BBWWWAAAAAAAAMMMMMM... "
" I have never remembered a dream, so I don't know. I find this interesting: People who grew up watching black and white TV have dreams in black and white. Those that grew up with color TVs see them in color. "So people didn't dream before TVs existed?