Dream sequences suck

Here’s a pet peeve of mine: Dream sequences in books, film or television.

I can’t stand it when I am forced to suffer through a character’s dream, particularly when it occurs in a novel. Though many writers seem to employ this tactic, I cannot imagine why. It strikes me as a lazy, less-than-subtle means of opening up a character’s mind to the reader. It almost always fails to advance the plot in any meaningful way and serves only to fill pages with material that should have been presented in a more clever and thoughtful way.