Whenever I think about obsessed fans, I invariably think of one of the better adaptations of a Stephen King book-to-movie - Misery. In the 1990 movie, Kathy Bates plays Annie Wilkes who is the self-proclaimed number one fan of novelist Paul Sheldon portrayed by James Caan. When Paul crashes his car in a Colorado blizzard on his way home, it's Annie, a former nurse, who pulls him from the wreckage and takes him back to her remote home to help him recover assuring him that "I am your number one fan. There is nothing to worry about. You are going to be just fine. I am your number one fan." What she doesn't tell him - but what he quickly figures out on his own - is that Annie is also a couple sammiches shy of a picnic. That little personality flaw turns deadly as Annie learns that Paul is planning on killing off Misery Chastain, the title character in the Harlequin Romance-style novels that Paul writes, so that he can finally write a "serious novel". Annie becomes enraged when she finds this out and that's when Paul starts to experience some true misery of his own complete with the twists and turns that only Stephen King would think of to make his life a living hell.
For those of you who are only familiar with Stephen King as a horror writer, Misery is more of a psychological thriller. When the movie invariably was made I was afraid that it was going to fall short like most adaptations of Stephen King stories but director Rob Reiner, using a screenplay adapted by Academy Award-winning screenwriter William Goldman (A Bridge Too Far, The Princess Bride), gave moviegoers one of the best film versions of a Stephen King novel - ever! Add on the fact that whoever cast Kathy Bates in the role of Annie couldn't have chosen better and it was one heck of a movie. Kathy Bates did such an incredible performance and portrayal of the character that she won the Oscar in 1991 for Best Actress in a Leading Role. Yep, she was that good and I'm sure that after watching the movie, the words "I am your number one fan" put a chill through the spines of many a celebrity!
Now how's that for obsessive??