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Fanon vs. Canon: Sleeping Positions

Well, that title sounds vaguely dirty.

I actually want to talk about what beds the Winchester's sleep in, specifically:


There's a pervasive fanon out there that thinks that Dean always sleeps in the bed closest to the door. Now, this fanon persists because it's adorable and protective...Dean sleeps by the door to protect Sam from whatever might come through the door...awww, the love.

Sadly though, it's not true. While Dean has slept by the door in episodes such as Mystery Spot and Phantom Travler, we've also seen him using the bed furthest from the door, such as in All Dogs Go to Heaven, Salvation, and Scarecrow (to name but a few). The Winchesters seem to chose which bed they sleep in at random.

Now, that being said, in a lot of pre-series fics, Sam and Dean share a bed. This IS supported by canon.

In Something Wicked, John leaves Sam and Dean in a motel room that only has one double bed. To me, this means that not only did John rent the motel room JUST for Sam and Dean while he was away, but he also didn't bother getting them one with two beds...which to me means that it is likely when John was with them, that he'd rent rooms with two queens, and take one for himself and leave the other for the boys.

So, to recap:
Dean sleeping in the bed closest to the door: Fanon.
Sam and Dean sharing a bed when they are kids: Canon.




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Nov. 21st, 2010 03:07 am (UTC)
I tend to sleep always near the door not the windows too .. Dean can share half my bed anyday !!!
*p>s> i don't hogg the covers ** lol only da dean ..
Nov. 21st, 2010 06:30 am (UTC)
I like to sleep next to a wall - so, it really depends where there's a wall :P

But yeah, I'd happily share a bed with either Winchester ;)
Nov. 21st, 2010 03:29 am (UTC)
LOL I guess it's just perpetuated to show how protective Dean could be. But i guess they just pick them out randomly.
Nov. 21st, 2010 06:33 am (UTC)
Yes, it's definitely just used to perpetuate the protectiveness. I just think it's crazy how much people believe it to be canon, despite there being no evidence for it.

Even last week, I saw someone comment on a screen cap about how "Dean's still taking the bed by the door", when I thought that even though it was a LITTLE difficult to see int he screen cap, it was quite clear in the episode that Sam's bed had been the one by the door (though he hadn't slept in it). It was a very classic example of someone seeing what they wanted to see, I suppose.
Nov. 21st, 2010 06:23 am (UTC)
Good observations. I think Dean subconsciously tries to place himself near the door but if Sam happens to get to it first, w/e. Like in this most recent ep, Dean goes to sit on the bed closet to the door and then realizes it is the sex bed and moves to the other one. Also I could have sworn that in Mystery Spot Sam was closet to the door because we see Dean tying his boots and then walking off to the bathroom that was closer to his bed. Must ivestamagate.... ;D Either way there's plenty of evidence to show that Dean isn't always next to the door. Sometimes they just fall where they may.
Nov. 21st, 2010 06:27 am (UTC)
Yes, sadly, there's no way to see inside Dean's head, unless he says something. So, we can only guess at whether or not he has a preferred bed.

In Mystery Spot, the bathroom is directly across from the beds, and Dean is in the bed closest to the door. It's why when Sam wakes up and it's Wednesday, he looks passed his own feet to see Dean in the bathroom...the room sort of looks like this:

Sam Bed
............... Bathroom

Edited at 2010-11-21 06:28 am (UTC)
Nov. 21st, 2010 06:33 am (UTC)
ahkay, Dean's little dance threw me off and I just looked at a cap. I blame the shimmy for my confusion. ;D
Nov. 21st, 2010 06:34 am (UTC)
I blame the shimmy for a lot of things ;)
Dec. 1st, 2010 07:12 pm (UTC)
I don't actually care about WHICH bed he lies on. As long as we see him in a bed :-D

It's damn well fanon, and I might even go as far as putting it into pre-season canon (as long as we don't get any evidence against it) where it'd make sense.

My idea about sleeping-arrangement is:

Whoever claims first, picks the less-sagged bed. And since most people like to sleep on the bed further away from the door, a motel-room would have the better mattress at the bed closest to the door.


Or maybe they just drop where they stand, or the one further from the door is closer to the bathroom, and maybe Sam has a weak bladder - ar pisses/does other things too loud in there? The smell?

Fun to think about those kind of things :-D

Dec. 1st, 2010 07:22 pm (UTC)
It IS fun to think of these things :P

Personally though, I think the reasoning is far more boring than that. As someone who has gone on many many roadtrips with various family members and friends, I know that upon walking into the motel room, someone will look at the beds and just think 'I like the look of this one more' and then throw their bag at it and that's that.

If it's cold though, I usually take the one furthest away from any windows that might be drafty. And if the room has one of those annoyingly loud air-conditioning units, then I take the bed furthest away from it in the hopes that a little distance will make it less annoying :P

And when nothing else really matters, I usually like sleeping next to a wall, so I'll pick the bed closest to a solid wall.
Dec. 4th, 2012 07:45 pm (UTC)
Now you've given me a key to old meta posts. Fantastic. XD

For me, I always snag the bed furthest from the window. Where the door is located is irrelevant, but I like darkness when I sleep and motel windows are a thing of evil. In motels by the parking lot, that means the bed furthest from the door. In hotels with a hallway, that means the one closest to the door.

It never occurred to me to notice what other people do, but I've got a strong enough preference that it would make sense others do too. In a group, it's the dynamics too, who gets to choose first. For brothers, it would make sense for it to be a tiny bit of a contest who gets there first, like riding shotgun.

I find it fascinating the things people notice and the conclusions they draw from it.
Dec. 4th, 2012 08:02 pm (UTC)
Yeah, it was kind of interesting for me to try to make a masterlist of my meta - because I had forgotten half the stuff I had written too. Some of them, such as "Canon vs. Fanon" I was sure that I could make into a "thing", yet I only did them once or twice. :P

For me, I like to be close to a wall. In most hotel rooms that translates to "furthest from the window" even though the window really doesn't factor into my consideration (unless the wall with the window is the closest wall to a bed.) This is also one of the main reasons that I like having the window-seat on airplanes too (though looking out the window is also a bonus).

Basically, I don't like to be surrounded on all sides by people (or the potential for people). So, yeah, door, window, doesn't matter - I just want something solid beside me (even if I still end up sleeping with my back to the room).

But yeah, sometimes it just depends who walks into the room first and puts their bag down on which bed.
Jun. 28th, 2014 10:00 am (UTC)
Fascinating. I read in a few places that Dean always slept closest to the door, and just accepted in as canon without studying it for myself! And now I have written several fanfics where this fanon plays a big part. Oops! *kicks self*

But anyway, thanks for writing this!
Jun. 28th, 2014 05:09 pm (UTC)
Yeah, that's the problem with widely accepted fanons out there - they kind of become their own canon in the fic-sphere.

I mean, no one is going to give you a hard time about it - people obviously LIKE that fanon, and people like me who know that it's wrong, also know that it's pervasive.
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