Lost Ate My Life: The Inside Story of a Fandom Like No Other

Overview


?“Lost Ate my Life!” is not the authors’ self-referential statement. Instead, it is the collective cry of the hardened fan base for ABC’s pop-culture phenomenon. The book has two central ideas: first, that the creators of Lost created a shift in the thinking of online communities, effectively removing the barrier between the artists and the patrons by hosting one of the largest officially sponsored independent discussion forums in history. Lost bloggers became important celebrities amongst the fan bases, some ...
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Overview


?“Lost Ate my Life!” is not the authors’ self-referential statement. Instead, it is the collective cry of the hardened fan base for ABC’s pop-culture phenomenon. The book has two central ideas: first, that the creators of Lost created a shift in the thinking of online communities, effectively removing the barrier between the artists and the patrons by hosting one of the largest officially sponsored independent discussion forums in history. Lost bloggers became important celebrities amongst the fan bases, some fans found themselves drawn into the inner circle, and the network began making decisions based on ebb and flow of fan sentiment. Interwoven with the story of the fandom is the examination of Lost’s story itself: its archetypal themes, and its evolution from bordering on the high-concept ‘cash in’ it was intended to be, to the high art mixture of philosophy, drama, redemption, science, and faith. What is it in the formula of Lost that speaks to our collective unconscious so well that millions of fans are easily able to endure such mammoth leaps of suspension-of-disbelief? The book’s story is told by two members of the fan community who witnessed the spread and impact of the fandom from the inside, eventually becoming insiders – to different degrees – themselves; one, Amy, deep within the inner sanctum of Lost labs, the other, Jon, ascending from the world of blogging to the world of professional media.
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Editorial Reviews

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"The best book about Lost I have ever read, mostly because it’s not so much about the show but about us, the fans. . . . I've read many a Lost book about theories, episode recaps, and the possible meaning of the mythology, but this book, all about the fans, climbed to the top of my list before I had even finished the first chapter."  —About.com

"Well documented and researched, almost lovingly so."  —Sacramento Book Review

Sacramento Book Review
Well documented and researched, almost lovingly so.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781550228472
  • Publisher: ECW Press
  • Publication date: 11/1/2008
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 6.70 (w) x 9.60 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author


Jon Lachonis is best known for his work analyzing the nebulous world of ABC's "Lost." His writing has been featured on TheTailsection.com, BuddyTV.com, UGO.com, "The California Chronicle "online, and the "Seattle Post-Intelligencer." He lives in Maine. Amy Johnston is a writer and part-time webmistress who runs a number of fandom-oriented blogs, including The Evil Puppet Masters, and an official fansite for "Lost" executive producer Bryan Burk. Javier Grillo-Marxuach is an award-winning writer and producer of television, movies, comic books, and interactive media. He is a former writer and supervising producer for "Lost," whose writing and production credits for television include "Charmed," "The Chronicle, "Jake 2.0, """Medium," "The Pretender," and "Seaquest. "He lives in Los Angeles.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Foreword 1

Introduction 5

Part I

Chapter 1 How Lost Almost Went Nowhere 11

Chapter 2 All Lost Forums Are Not Created Equal 19

Chapter 3 To Spoil or Not to Spoil? 29

Chapter 4 What's in the Box? 39

Chapter 5 The Hatch That Roared 47

Chapter 6 Who's Flying the Plane? 55

Part II

Chapter 7 From the Watercooler to the Ocean 63

Chapter 8 Breaking Down the Wall - One Fan's Experience 73

Chapter 9 The Lost Fan Parties 83

Chapter 10 Living Lost 95

Chapter 11 Casting: Tales of Love and Hate 103

Chapter 12 Shipper Wars 111

Chapter 13 Don't Tell Us What You Can't Do! 121

Part III

Chapter 14 Building (and Breaking) the Fourth Wall 131

Chapter 15 Among the Lost 139

Chapter 16 Easter Eggsplosion 151

Chapter 17 A Long Time Ago, on an Island Far, Far Away 159

Chapter 18 Attack of the Pods 165

Chapter 19 All Good Things 173

Chapter 20 Why Lost Is Important 181

Appendix Fandom Slang - A Dictionary 189

Bibliography 199

Photo Credits 203

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