I've only experienced sleep paralysis a handful of times, and thankfully I knew of its existence beforehand so I could reassure my freaking-out brain that it would pass. I didn't experience any visions - in fact I couldn't open my eyes, or do anything but listen to the sounds of the awakening household and wait to be able to move my limbs.
The hallucination aspect is so interesting (though it sounds utterly terrifying, of course). It's like our brains try to make sense of what's happening, so they invents a man sitting on you to explain the immobility and pressure, or whatever? It's like how whenever I experience a hypnic jerk, in my dreams I'm tripping over a curb or I've missed a step on the stairs, which explain that shock of adrenaline...sleep science is fascinating!
My phone broke last week and it was hard not to panic that I was "missing out," or worry that I somehow wouldn't be able to find the friends I was meeting for dinner.
Side note, I'm still mourning the fact that technology is evolving faster than manners norms, so many friends apparently believe it's perfectly fine to whip out their phone and text, scroll through Facebook, et al while eating dinner with me. Note to world, this is not polite in my book! :(
@pinniped http://vimeo.com/61215171 For anyone interested in checking out the awesome British techology-dystopia-ish-ness. :)
This instantly reminded me of an episode of Black Mirror - the first one of series 2, I believe.
I highly recommend that show. My favorites are Season 1 Eps 2 and 3 (Jessica Findlay Brown!). Bleak but awesome stuff.
@polka dots vs stripes It's confusing! One time a friend whispered to me that sex was actually the same as "sleeping together." I'd already had the sex talk, but I trusted my friend more than my parents (?) and relievedly thought "oh, they just had a SLUMBER PARTY!" every time I saw a tabloid about celebrities shagging each other.
@Sharone@twitter Dollhouse Murders! Sooo creepy, and so was the movie.
I loved historical fiction / biographies too...did you ever read those "Dear America" books?
@pinniped Oh! And the Alice books by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor!
Also, a story about Anastasia Krupnik: We read it in elementary school. Our teacher whited out the word "shit" in every single copy. Of course, I picked off the white out, and then had to look the word up in the dictionary to find out what it meant (upon which I didn't understand what the big deal was; she'd basically just said "crock of poop"?). I was a cool kid.
@itiresias Redwall! So many tears! So many beloved characters dying in every book, yet my tender heart couldn't stop reading - why?!
Oh man, I love this! I spent the summers of my childhood and adolescence (and college years...) trawling the YA shelves at the library, so I'm a little overexcited with nostalgia about all the titles mentioned above.
Island of the Blue Dolphins and Ella Enchanted (much better than the movie!) were my all-time favorite re-reads.
But The Raging Quiet may be my favorite YA book of all time. So beautiful.
Finally, three great whoa-everything-is-connected books: The View from Saturday, Holes, and A Swiftly Tilting Planet.