I like dreams and flashbacks, especially when they involve characters I like, which made it hard for me to understand why anyone else might not like them — until I thought about some of the things that I actually don’t like about flashbacks (or dreams, for that matter): when they don’t serve a point. That could easily be chalked up to disliking filler, though, so maybe it isn’t the best example.

I like some of the things that Buffy the Vampire Slayer did with dreams, maybe because I enjoy surreal events and conversations. It’s difficult to read them, I suppose, unless they’re very colorfully (and quite obviously) described as such. I think dreams appeal to my sense of fun. The Pretender and Highlander the Series made extensive use of flashbacks to tell the main characters’ stories.

In The Pretender, I believe most (if not all) of the Flashbacks were relevant to the current story, and sometimes all of (or nearly all) an episode of Highlander might take place in flashback — in fact, sometimes the events that took place in the flashback were far more interesting than things taking place in the present. That could just have been weak writing, though. *shrug*

I’ve made use of flashbacks in Rumors of War, originally just a few short ones to show events that took place “between chapters.” In more recent chapters (especially towards the end of last year), I wrote a chapter or three that take place entirely in flashback. (Chapters 13, 15, and 17, in case you were wondering.)