You never had a dream character that fought back and wanted to 'live', Nesgirl?
I've had that and it's quite humbling. I can be a scum-bag with a God-complex, but sometimes they turn on me and put me in my place. I know it's all in my head, and probably some deep guilt in my mind doing it, but on the other hand, for all intense and purposes, while in a dream, it is real for as long as it lasts. I've had a few DC's tell me that, and I honestly can't argue. If it looks like a duck, and quacks like a duck... it's a duck!
You can wake up and we all agree it was just an hallucination of a duck, but when it was actually happening... it believed it was a duck! (Sounds weird, but I am currently struggling with the paradox and definition of 'reality')
No link this time, just blabbing... hope I made sense!