what is a fanlisting?

It's literally in the word - it is a "listing" of "fans". This is a common concept, but it was popularised into an online phenomenon by the creation of an unofficial, voluntary organisation, The Fanlistings Network (TFL) in 2000, and has now expanded to listing thousands of diverse fanlisting subjects - from TV shows, to foods, musicians, etc. There are no costs to join a fanlisting (financial or otherwise); the only requirements are your name and country, and often e-mail. Fanlistings are voluntary fan projects, therefore they are usually only recognised by TFL and *not* by any official, profit-making organisations centred around the fanlisting subject itself. (More information »)

About this fanlisting

This is the only fanlisting checked by The Fanlistings Network for dreams. It is listed in the "Miscellaneous" category, and then the "Un-Categorised" subcategory (check here). I adopted this fanlisting from the lovely Megan on 3 April 2010 (thank you so much my love!)

I am acutely obsessed with dreams - they were one of the main reasons I chose the degree I did! I love knowing that we all have this wonderfully weird world we each retreat into, no matter how "normal" we are; I love how our hidden emotions are poured into ugly and unashamedly and subtley into every surreal colour and memory and texture and time; I love how our brains and soul are in overdrive the moment we switch off from the exertion of daily life; I love knowing how intricately humans process behaviour, the self, and the world around them. Dreams are part of the conscious, subconscious, reality and fallacy all at once. They can be insightful, ridiculous, deeply sensual, epic, terrifying, and even mildly prophetic. I can spend hours, days, weeks discussing them - they are just fascinating, and it is an honour to own the fanlisting for them!

I chose "The Persistence of Memory" - a title of the famous Dali work - as the name of this fanlisting. In studying dreams, I've found that much of our conscious memory pushes into our subconscious thoughts when we sleep. You may have seen an orange piece of paper crushed on a wet pavement by a brush of the eye; later in your dreams, you may see orange balloons suffocating the sky, drenched in rain and making you feel uneasy when you wake up. I read Freud's "Interpretation of Dreams" very briefly when I was a teenager and hated it because it made my dreams so much less mysterious, as Freud related dreams to the persistence of our conscious memories, even if they are of the smallest significance. But as I grew older, I learned to appreciate the breadth of the human mind to take note of such little memories, pocket them into the wonders of our dreams, and apply unique meaning to them. As the nature of memory is so obscure and mysterious anyway, this gradually added more magic to the mystery of dreams. Thus, the "persistence of memory" is what makes our dreams so beautiful and enigmatic.

If you also adore the power of dreams, then why not join this fanlisting and add your name to a growing list of people who feel the same? :)