I really happen to like stories about people with deep-seated and disturbing obsessions with a particular object or person, having negative effects with their personal relationships.
I guess the biggest point of reference would be Captain Ahab in Moby-Dick, and another early example would be Mr. Dick’s King Charles’ Head in Dickens’s David Copperfield (although that book isn’t necessarily about that, it is a good point of reference for what I’m looking for). And no, contrary to my examples, it doesn’t necessarily have to have anything to do with ‘dick’. More modern examples would definitely include Tobias Hill’s The Love of Stones (though I don’t know if that will be very helpful since I’m not sure many have read that), might include things like the baseball sub-plot in DeLillo’s Underworld, and possibly even the movie Manhunter, which I get the same sort of vibe from even though I’m not sure it exactly qualifies. Trying to obsessively solve some sort of problem could qualify, The Rule of Four I might put into this category.
Basically the thing I like the most about Moby-Dick is how everything relates to the obsession. In that book in particular, everything from etymologies and essays on the colour white to church sermons and technical books on whaling are involved to illustrate the obsession. And then of course there’s the lone and obsessive pursuit of the whale in that book, which I would put The Love of Stones in that similarity.
So anyway, now that I’ve completely con-fused everyone about what I’m exactly looking for, does anyone have any ideas for me?