30 December, 2008

Timeline of Obsession

I've been thinking lately about the nature of obsession. I don't want to get into that right now, but my thoughts on it have lead me to realize that I have a bit of an obsessive personality. In my mind, an obsession is recurrent thoughts on a particular subject. Ones mind returns to this subject over, and over, when it's not busy with, or distracted by, other things.

In thinking about my obsessions, I realized that I can follow them like stepping stones into my past. The trail ends during my first year at BYU (03/04) after which I can no longer remember the order of my obsessions, or even all of them. The ones that stick out, are the ones I returned to over and over again.

P.S. Do not assume that these obsessions were on the heels of each other. Some of them overlapped, and some had days, weeks, or months in between. In addition, just because I focus on something during my free time, does not mean it is the most important thing to me (for example, I don't consider myself obsessed with my husband at the moment, but that doesn't mean I don't love/think about him.


Harry Potter
Chris/Marriage to Chris
Chris/Wedding to Chris
Chris/Figuring out Chris
Singleness/A Guy who's name I'm keeping to myself
A Good Friend/Chris, lack thereof
Harry Potter
Chris/Breaking up with Chris
Chris/Dating Chris
Chris/Getting to know Chris
Weston/Harry Potter/Gilmore Girls
Dustin/Harry Potter/Gilmore Girls
Isaac/Harry Potter/Gilmore Girls
Harry Potter
Issac/Harry Potter
Harry Potter/Random Movie Quotes
Harry Potter
Star Wars
The Scarlet Pimpernel
Star Wars


Here we enter the land of vague. I would say there is a tie between Harry Potter, Star Wars, Star Trek, and Anne Perry's Mysteries. Runners up include: Jane Austen, Lloyd Alexander Books, Anne of Green Gables, The Scarlet Pimpernel, The Dark is Rising Sequence, Gene Stratton Porter, and The Little House Books.

Oh and half of 2001 I had a crush on a guy named Bradley (Yes, that Bradley).

So there you have it.

My conclusions?
1. Written words have more power over me than music (notice there are no albums up there), I didn't even think of any until just now, but they'd probably have to include Wicked, Into the Woods, and The Beatles. I also realize that I haven't included any of my favorite causes.
Oh well.
2. Apparently Chris' only real rival for my affections is Harry Potter.... (not!)


Rich Sanders said...

Yeah, Harry Potter is an example of a truly successful book that isn't hinged on the strategy of making the readership fall romantically head-over-heels for the main character... at least I hope not.

Quixotic Healer said...

I think it depends. I never was "in love" with Harry, but I think a lot of girls were/are. I think it caused a lot of confusion because a lot of girls who identified with Hermione (know-it-all/bookworm types) thought that the two would get together.

And thus a multitude of fanwars were born, lol. ....I think a lot of people don't know how to interpret foreshadowing.

Rich Sanders said...

Yeah because, frankly, the writing was on the wall as early as book 2.