Some time back I teased my upcoming book “Lost Ate My Life“, co-written by Amy J. Johnston (Hijinx from The Fuselage). Today, ECW press, who also publishes the awesome Finding LOST series by Nikki Stafford, unveiled “Lost Ate My Life: The Inside Story of a Fandom Like No Other” to the public, making it available for pre-order on Amazon as well.
The book is very different from anything you’ve read on this site, mostly because in addition to my own essays you have the scintillating work of Amy. I’ve been proud to work with Amy on the book and she has been a life-line on more than one occasion. Between the two of us we’ve developed something that we hope combines a clinical eye with a fan’s heart-beat.
In addition to our own musings on the show, the book contains bits from past and new interviews with Carlton Cuse, Damon Lindelof, Bryan Burk, Gregg Nations, Javier Grillo Marxuach, as well as the full on the ground report from the set. In addition the book will contain a foreward written by Javi. And did I mention there are actually even MORE sources in the book? Gotta leave at least a few surprises.
Here is the copy from ECW Press:
“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.