I have no idea if this is of any interest at all whatsoever

by Suw on September 18, 2003

I often have dreams, and they're often rather strange. The dream I woke from this morning was no exception.

I dreamt I was watching a film, (or I was in it, I'm not sure which), which had been written by Richard Curtis and starred, somewhat unsurprisingly, Hugh Grant as a mop-topped dopey get and, slightly more surprisingly, Antony Worrall Thompson, the 'celebrity' chef.

Somewhat predictably, the film was about a wedding gone awry – the Groom didn't really want to marry the Bride, but Hugh did, and Anthony felt it only fair to help proceedings along a little. Of course, all this comes to light after the ceremony, so Anthony is forced to find a way to annul the marriage. Initially he does this by scratching out the witnesses' signatures on the official register on the assumption that if there were no witnesses there could be no marriage.

Overcome by an attack of guilt, Anthony confesses to the Groom and Hugh and provides a distraction so that they can go and restore the register to it its original state. He does this by crashing through the window of the restaurant where the reception is being held, and then jumping off the balcony onto the tables below.

And where is the Bride whilst all this is going on? She's in a helicopter with her mum and sister, waiting for her new husband.

Ok, so much for the dream… thing that made this one noteworthy was that the whole way through I'm thinking things like 'Oh come on! Where are the characters' arcs? What are their motivations? And we haven't even seen enough of the Bride to know whether or not we want the Groom or Hugh to prevail, and shouldn't someone tell her there's a bit of a problem with her Groom? And what's Hugh Grant doing at another bloody wedding anyway? Jeeze, I thought Richard Curtis was a better writer than that! Hmm… maybe it wasn't Antony Worrall Thompson after all, maybe it was Kenneth Brannagh?'

Ah, maybe it's just me, but I found that all rather amusing. Obviously this whole screenwriting thing has made more of an impression on my psyche than I had imagined.

Although for the record, I do quite like Richard Curtis' films. 😉

Cal September 18, 2003 at 10:45 am

I'd copyright it before someone else uses it. You don't want to be going to the cinema in a year's time and thinking mmm… familiar!

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Lee September 18, 2003 at 11:37 am

lmao i agree with cal! i came here trying to interpret it but its a wee bit beyond me!!

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Suw September 18, 2003 at 3:40 pm

Cal, I think that little nugget would need an awful lot of work before you'd see Hugh Grant taking a look at it. 😉

Lee, I'd love to know if you think yesterday's dream has any interpretation.

In brief, I'm driving in a red car, in a long queue of red cars crawling along at 10 mph. We're all on our way to an Eddie Izzard gig. Then another red car cuts in ahead of us and there's an accident. Three red cars go off the road and we stop by the third. I get out and run to the car which is on its roof. The driver is nowhere to be seen, but two women, both dressed in very stylish red fake alligator trousers and jackets are lying unconscious, one inside the car, one has been thrown out. They both start to wake up, but both seem unhurt. It's then that I realise I'm in fake red alligator too…

Now, for the record I am going to see Eddie Izzard soon, in New York. And I am amoxophobic (scared of cars and accidents), but where all the red comes from, I just don't know.

They were nice clothes though.

Ember September 19, 2003 at 1:53 pm

I did a little research and found a book that may help demystify your dream, but it's really just for fun!

According to Garuda's (as you'll see he is probably highly influenced by Freud's dream analysis theories, so take it with a grain of salt, lol) “Dreamer's Dictionary”, the following parts of your dream have specific meanings:

Wedding: “Being in a wedding party means good news. If single, you might be ready to make a lasting commitment to someone. Are you married? Get ready, children are on the way.[…]You see many wedding guests: you are spending way too much money-or losing it. […]a wedding dream may indicate sexual needs you are unable to live out. If you are married, the people in the dream remind you of your own wedding and the expectations connected with it, expectations that either have been fulfilled or have not-depending on the rest of the dream symbols.”

Confession: “A confession is cleansing and purifying. […] Somebody else is confessing: examine your behavior and correct it quickly. Dreaming about confession means that you have acknowledged your mistakes; it is also a sign that you have been forgiven.”

Balcony: “A balcony often announces new friends”

So those are just a few symbols that I looked up for you, hope you enjoyed this and that it helps…

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Suw September 19, 2003 at 2:40 pm

Ember, thanks for that little nugget, it's really quite amusing.

Just for the record, I take dream interpretation with as many grains of salt as there are grains of sand in silphium-bearing Cyrene between Jove's oracle and the sacred tomb of legendary Battus*.

I have no idea if dreams really do have meanings, although the cynical scientist in me suspects that they do not – they are just random images which we form into a coherent story later on when we've woken up.

Many of mine are epic in proportion, so I tend to view them as a sort of unreliable but occasionally very entertaining night-time cinema. Every now and again, a dream will give me a damn good idea for a story. In fact, the only short story I've ever actually finished was, from end to end, a dream. All I had to do was get it down on paper and tidy it up a bit.

I seriously doubt the predictive ability of my subconscious. Although it may occasionally try to highlight things that I already know, it does it in such a roundabout way that as a channel of communications between the subconscious and conscious it pretty much sucks. Other times, I think it's just regurgitating images from prior days, or going over subjects that are just on my mind at the moment.

Hm, welcome to my psyche everyone. Please, sit down, make yourselves at home, and no overinterpretation. 😉


*That's quite a lot, then.

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