Well, I've decided to do a little research and have come up with a list of 5 famous works and the inspiration that brought them to life!
1) The Hobbit - JRR Tolkein
While marking college papers, Tolkein happened across a blank page. To some, such an item would be daunting...to a writer, especially. But for Tolkein, he wrote down the first thing that came to his mind. And that sentence went on to be one of the most iconic literary starts in history...
'In the ground there lived a hobbit.'
He had no idea what a hobbit was, mind you. Nor did he know why it would live in the ground. But he set forth to answer those questions, and gifted us with one of the greatest literary adventures of all time.
2) The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
You never know when inspiration might hit. Nor can you guess when you may be ready to take the leap, and begin a story. For CS Lewis, at the age of 16, he was gripped with a daydream of a half goat, half man, hurrying along with an umbrella and parcels. A curious thing to day dream, and of course, he dismissed it. But, the idea never left him, and at the age of 40, he finally set himself down to write the mesmerizing tale.
3) Around the World in 80 Days
Jules Verne. For many classic fantasy lovers, there is no greater story teller. But the inspiration for one of his greatest tales came from a form of truth...an advertisement in a local paper, while in Paris, offering the chance to travel around the world in 80 days. Then, the feat was considered almost impossible...but in Vernes mind, impossible was not in his vocabulary, instead setting him on the path to forming one of his greatest tales.
4) Anna Karenina
Tolstoy is raved as one of the early greats, his tales vast and gripping. But for the tale of a melancholy woman, the idea came to him while laying on the couch following dinner. The idea haunted him for some time, before he actually decided to tell her tale.
5) Animal Farm
George Orwell, author of one of my personal favorites 1984, has a way of taking the ordinary, and giving it a twist of the extraordinary. While watching a cart horse led by a young boy down a path, Orwell considered what would happen if animals were able to understand their own strength. This hypothetical is one Im sure others may have considered, with any random ponderings. But it was Orwell who, later on, crafted the novella of animals taking over a farm, and putting this question in print.