Similarities between Art of Fielding and Infinite Jest
1.) Takes place at an elite academic institution
2.) Sports are the main event around which the plot is wrapped.
3.) Parent of a main character is the President of the school
4.) President has an affair with a student
5.) Big, husky character who acts as a counselor
6.) Said husky character has an addiction
7.) Husky character also gets the girl
8.) Main character is cerebral and slight
9.) The main characters both have names that start with the letter "H"
10.) Both H's are proteges in their sports, though extremely hard working
11.) Both H's suffer debilitating, mysterious ailments
12.) Loveable characters named Owen
13.) Both Owens are physically disabled.
14.) Father of a main character commits suicide
15.) Body of dead father is dug up post-burial
16.) Characters have meaty last names
17.) References to realistic sounding third party material that doesn't actually exist.