Lost's Buried Treasures, 2E: The Unofficial Guide to Everything Lost Fans Need to Know


The Ultimate Unauthorized Resource to the Stories Behind Lost - Updated Through Season 4!

Lost is a complex and mysterious tale, one that draws on many sources for its themes and ideas - sources you must understand to become an advanced Lost expert. Lost's Buried Treasures is the ultimate unauthorized guide to the ideas that have influenced the show and its writers - and completely updated through season 4.


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The Ultimate Unauthorized Resource to the Stories Behind Lost - Updated Through Season 4!

Lost is a complex and mysterious tale, one that draws on many sources for its themes and ideas - sources you must understand to become an advanced Lost expert. Lost's Buried Treasures is the ultimate unauthorized guide to the ideas that have influenced the show and its writers - and completely updated through season 4.

Readers can use this comprehensive handbook to discover new connections and unearth themes they may have missed, exploring:

  • Books and movies important to the show and how they are connected
  • Geographical clues
  • New and old theories
  • Musical references and the meaning behind the incredible soundtrack
  • The best online resources
  • The video and role-playing games and what they've revealed
  • Cast, writer, and director biographies
  • And much more

NO TRUE LOST FAN SHOULD EVER WATCH AN EPISODE WITHOUT THIS CRUCIAL GUIDE IN HAND. Explore all the interconnected stories and mysterious references that make the show so fascinating.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781402213694
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/1/2009
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 6.90 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Lynnette Porter is an associate professor in humanities and has been chosen to lead the Lost Wikia community. She lives in Daytona, Florida. David Lavery is the author of nine books, including studies of Twin Peaks, The X-Files, and Buffy the Vampire Slayer. He lives in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. Hillary Robson is an academic advisor at Middle Tennessee State University.

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Excerpt from Chapter One: Lost Reading And Viewing from Lost's Buried Treasures


Even before the library in the Swan hatch, entered for the first time in "Man of Science, Man of Faith" (2.1, the initial episode of Season Two), and that Bible Mr. Eko finds in the Arrow hatch, the one the Tailies stumble upon in "...and Found" (2.5), made Mystery Island more bookish, tomes were common enough on Lost - not as common as miniature liquor bottles, but not exactly rare either.

Throughout Season One, we find the unlikely avid reader Sawyer page-turning a variety of books, from Richard Adams' Watership Down (a book he re-reads in "Left Behind," 3.15) to Madeline L'Engle's A Wrinkle in Time. In Season Two, he continues to read from his word horde: Judy Blume's Are You There, God? It's Me, Margaret and Walker Percy's Lancelot. In the Swan even more books have screen time: James' The Turn of the Screw, Bierce's An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge, and, most notoriously, O'Brien's The Third Policeman, an obscure Irish novel that became a surprise bestseller due to its unintentional product placement cameo. And speaking of product placement, in "The Long Con" (2.13) we find Hurley reading the manuscript of Bad Twin, a Lost tie-in novel written by the late Oceanic 815 passenger Gary Troup, later released by Hyperion, the publisher of official Lost books. Season Three continued to be bookish. The opening scene of the first episode ("A Tale of Two Cities," 3.1) shows a book club - the assigned book Stephen King's Carrie. Later, in"Every Man for Himself" (3.4), Ben evokes Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men in his humbling of Sawyer, and in "Not in Portland" (3.7), Aldo is seen reading Stephen Hawking's A Brief History of Time.

To paraphrase a question literary critic Stanley Fish once famously asked in the title of a book: "Is there a text on this island?" Many, many texts is the answer. Astonishingly, given that Lost is the story of the aftermath of a plane crash, not a single John Grisham novel has been found.

Not all the "texts" are literary, of course. Cinema ancestors - disaster films, Cast Away, Jurassic Park - and television series - The Adventures of Brisco County, Jr., Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Gilligan's Island, Survivor, The Twilight Zone, Twin Peaks, The X-Files - have all influenced Lost's themes, its mise-en-scene, its characterization, its narrative style. The postmodern, as Umberto Eco has noted, is the age of the "already said." Books, films, and television have all had their say on Lost.

Each time a new Lost text opens for perusal, the fans go wild and speculation runs rampant as the Lost-fixated begin to read, backward and forward, an extraordinarily complex, still unfolding, still entangling narrative. The threads of a text, a "kind of halfway house between past and future," the critic Wolfgang Iser would write, always exist in "a state of suspended validity" (370), and such threads are particularly well-suited for today's avidly conjecturing, anxious to conspire "fan-scholar."

"Quality" television series, according to Robert Thompson's authoritative delineation, are "literary and writer-based" (15), and most readily, proudly, acknowledge their ancestors and their influences. When Twin Peaks' Black Lodge turned out to be in Glastonbury Grove and Windom Earle and Leo Johnson cozied up in their Verdant Bower, the Arthurian legends and Spenser's Faerie Queene were born again in a new medium. When Tony Soprano sobbed uncontrollably at the ministrations of Tom Powers' loving mother in Public Enemy (as seen on TV), televised and filmic mobsters became brothers in the same gang - and genre.

Books, film, music, television, as well as other manifestations of both low and high culture - to borrow the witty formulation of film scholar Robert Stam - are governed by the same principle as sexually transmitted diseases. To have sex with another is to have had sex with all of his or her other sexual partners, and every "text" - every new novel or short story, song, or movie, or television series - is far from innocent; each potentially carries the "contagion" of every other text it, and its creators, have "slept with."

Lost is highly promiscuous, sleeping around with a wide variety of textual "partners." We divide these partners, one form of buried treasures, into three sections: Books on the Island considers texts which have actually put in an appearance on/in the beach, the hatches, the barracks. Ancestor Texts offers accounts of Lost's literary predecessors. Must-See TV and Movies provides a guide to the series' film and television ancestors.

Books on the Island

After All These Years - Susan Isaac's 2004 novel is one of several books Sawyer reads while convalescing in the Swan in "Everybody Hates Hugo" (2.4). It concerns Rosie Meyers, a Long Island English teacher suspected of murdering her husband on their 25th wedding anniversary after she learns he has deserted her for a younger woman. Escaping the authorities, she sets out to discover the real killer.

Are You There, God? It's Me, Margaret - When caught reading Judy Blume's novel Are You There, God? It's Me, Margaret ("The Whole Truth," 2.16), Sawyer downplays his interest in the preteen drama by calling it "predictable" and with "not nearly enough sex." Though Margaret is often referred to as the quintessential teen novel, with its focus on the title character's experiences with menstruation and buying her first bra, the novel is just as much about struggling with spiritual development. Margaret grows up with a mixed religious heritage - one Christian and one Jewish parent - and the novel follows her efforts to come to grips with her own beliefs. Menstruation and training bras aside, it is a story of religious quest.

Though Sawyer belittles the book for its lack of sex, Margaret is (according to the American Library Association) among the top 100 frequently challenged books in libraries because of its frank treatment of sexuality and religion. Needless to say, it is certainly more than a simple, pre-teen drama.

Lost often delves into the importance of faith, of good vs. evil, of scientific vs. spiritual. Like Margaret, the Losties have trouble deciding if they buy into spiritual mumbo-jumbo, and, like Margaret, they receive many mixed messages about faith - at once bringing people back from the dead and pitilessly killing off members of the group.

Perhaps it would seem more fitting for a character like Locke, who frequently stresses the importance of faith and, even more frequently as of late, battles with his own ability to believe in the island's spiritual properties, to be seeking answers in Judy Blume. Perhaps Margaret would have taught him that it's okay to not be sure about every facet of spiritual experience - that it's okay to question a higher power.

Instead, it is Sawyer, the island's resident literati and bad-boy, who finds himself reading the coming-of-age novel, who has not yet had much affiliation with the island's spiritual properties, though he often struggles to find a balance between what is right and wrong. Even more, Sawyer's proclamation that the novel doesn't have enough sex further brands him as the most hormonally driven of the Lost-clan (he is the one, after all, who regularly engages in extra-marital sexual activity - with Ana Lucia and Kate - on the island).

When Margaret and her friends are desperate to increase their bra size, they chant, "I must, I must, I must increase my bust," a catch-phrase that has surely raised the eyebrows of overprotective mothers across the world. But to Sawyer, of all people, Margaret's spiritual journey is predictable and the book's lustfactor dismal. - Sarah Caitlin Lavery

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments Introduction

Chapter One: Lost Reading and Viewing

Is There an (Ancestor) Text on This Island?

Books on the Island:
After All These Years Are You There, God? It's Me, Margaret Bad Twin The Bible Book of Law A Brief History of Time The Brothers Karamazov Carrie Catch-22
Dirty Work Evil Under the Sun The Fountainhead The Gunslinger Hindsight The Invention of Morel Lancelot Laughter in the Dark Left Behind
"An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge"
Our Mutual Friend Rainbow Six The Third Policeman The Turn of the Screw VALIS Watership Down A Wrinkle in Time

Ancestor Texts:
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
"The Damned Thing"
Death and the Maiden Gilgamesh Lord of the Flies The Mysterious Island The Odyssey Of Mice and Men The Outsiders
"A Psychological Shipwreck"
Robinson Crusoe Solaris The Songlines The Stand Stranger in a Strange Land Walden Two

Must-See TV and Essential Movies:
The Adventures of Brisco County, Jr.
Alias Buffy the Vampire Slayer/Angel/Firefly Cast Away Crossing Jordan Disaster Movies Forbidden Planet Fringe Gilligan's Island Jurassic Park The Langoliers Lost Horizon Nash Bridges The Prisoner Survivor To Kill a Mockingbird The Twilight Zone Twin Peaks The Wizard of Oz The X-Files

Chapter Two: The Lost Playlist
The Musical Castaways Choosing the Right Song for the Scene Channeling the Dead Making the Band Geronimo Jackson DriveShaft DriveShaft's and Charlie's Real-World Popularity The Genius of Michael Giacchino Soundtracks for Seasons One, Two, and Three The Significance of an Effective Soundtrack ListeningRecommendations

Chapter Three: Between the Lines: Lost and Popular Culture
The Hurley-Sawyer Connection The Power of Popular Culture
Lost as Reflector and Creator of Popular Culture

Chapter Four: Waking the Dead
Jacob Apparitions Messages from Beyond Prophetic Dreams and Visions Those Who Seek the Dead Special or Insane?

Chapter Five: The Significance of Place
Hometowns and Special Place Common Destinations Hawaii as a Character Outside Honolulu Around Honolulu The Art of Selecting and Dressing Sets Giving Back to the Community

Chapter Six: Playing Games
A Puzzling Mystery The Lost Strategy Video and Mobile Games

Chapter Seven: Behind the Scenes
Lost Actors
Lost Writers
Lost Directors

Chapter Eight: Top 10 Lists
Top 10 Movies and Television Series for Lost Fans Top 10 Lost Websites Top 10 Images on Lost
Top 10 Lost Episodes

Bibliography Notes Index About the Authors

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