The Lost Book Club (and a theory)

I stumbled upon a unique book club the other day and thought many of you might be interested in it. It’s from ABC’s show Lost, which is a show that I’ve really come to enjoy for all its strangeness. The Lost Book Club is a book club hosted by the show that includes all of the many books that have appeared in the background (and the foreground) of the episodes.

Now, before you start thinking, “Oh, yeah, that’s worth something — a book club based on a television show”, take a look at a sample of some of the books included in the list:

  • On the Road by Jack Kerouac
  • Slaughterhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut
  • A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
  • Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
  • Lord of the Flies by William Golding

As you can see, it reads almost like a high school English class reading list, and that’s just a few of the books in the club. It would be a challenge to read all of the books in the list, and you’d have some classic works under your belt if you did. Not to mention, it may give some insight into the twist and tangles of the show.

Speaking of which:

My Island Theory

I have a theory about the island of Lost, and with finding this book club, I find that there is a book missing from the list. While I don’t think it ever appeared on an episode of the show, I believe that Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie should be on the list.

My theory is that the island that is the center of Lost is actually Neverland.

Here are some of my reasons behind this:

  • Neverland can move. In Peter Pan (and in other related works that I’ve read), the island of Neverland moves about quite frequently. It does so in order to catch children’s laughter (so fairies can be born), and it does so to catch lost children. At the end of the last season, we also found out that the island in Lost can move.
  • Inhabitants of Neverland don’t get older. Peter Pan is known as the boy who refuses to grow up. On the Lost island, there is at least one person (Richard) who doesn’t seem to age. We’ve seen him in flashbacks where the main characters were children and he looked the same as he looks now. It’s possible that other “natives” of the island also don’t age.
  • Neverland is a character in itself. In Peter Pan, Neverland is often talked about as if it were a character in the book (not a location). It does things in order to protect itself, and it feels good or bad depending on what is happening. Throughout Lost the island has been it’s own character. The characters talk about it as if it’s controlling actions. It has the power to heal, but has shown that it only heals those people that believe in it.
  • Neverland is difficult to find. The directions to Neverland are notoriously fickle, “First star on the right, and straight on ’till morning”. The Lost island is just as difficult to find, as we know that even people who have been there have a difficult time getting to it.
  • Neverland feeds on belief. The fairies that live on Neverland feed on the belief of children. When a child stops believing in fairies, a fairy will die. Belief is a strong theme in all the episodes of Lost and when the characters believe in the power of the island they are usually rewarded. When they stop believing in the island, they are punished.
  • The Lost Boys that live on Neverland are all orphans. The Lost Boys who live on Neverland are boys who were lost by their nannies and went unclaimed for seven days. When this happened, they were whisked off to Neverland. On the Lost island, when both Locke and Benjamin wanted to take over the leadership of the island, they needed to kill their fathers in order to do so, thus making them “orphans.”
  • There are seven entrances to the underground hideaway of The Lost Boys. On Neverland, the Lost Boys enter their underground hideaway through seven entrances scattered around the island. According to the map that appeared to Locke, there are seven Dharma stations on the Lost island.

Well, that’s my theory. Take it as you will. The great thing about the show Lost is that you can have tons of theories and watch them come crashing down and still enjoy the show.

Any comments, thoughts, or other theories? Let us know in the comments.

6 thoughts on “The Lost Book Club (and a theory)

  1. Okay, here’s more:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/?title=Neverland

    Take a look at this quote: “According to Peter Pan in Scarlet, Neverland resides in a sea known as the Sea of One Thousand Islands. In the book, Peter explores some of this sea, passing by islands of various sizes. The most amazing thing encountered on this adventure is Lodestone Rock: a magnetic rock that destroys the Jolly Roger and the SS Starkey along with it.”

    Sounds familiar doesn’t it? A strange magnetic field that destroys passing ships.

  2. So, I should just stop watching Lost and just watch Peter Pan then. I hate that everything about lost is compared w/ other books and movies… this lessens the mystery of the show for me. If it turns out that this is just a remake of Peter Pan i’m going to have to be paid for all the time I’ve wasted watching the show… 🙁

  3. Mysti —

    I don’t think it should lessen the mystery about the show any. In fact, I think it adds to it to know that the writers are subtle enough to work other things into the show while not losing their own story. I doubt highly that at the end of the show they’re just going to say, the island is Neverland and show the closing credits. One of the additional mysteries of the show is how other books are tied into it. I’m sorry if my article took something away from the show for you.

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