Lost Books

I’m a huge fan of the T.V. show Lost (except half of season two and most of season three which were quite dreadful) and I love how ingrained and significant literature is in the show. Characters would nonchalantly read a book that would turn out to contribute or hint at a deeper level in the plot. And even if you’re not a fan of the show, the writers do manage to insert an impressive list of literary titles with classics and philosophy featured heavily.

(Jacob reading Everything that Rises Must Converge by Flannery O’Connor)

This site – http://lostbooks.blogspot.com/ – has a list of all the books that have featured on Lost, its context and episode. Definitely worth checking out, even just for the titles.


  1. Oh my goodness. How fab. I love Lost too and had a massive argument with my BF because I kept going on about the significance of the Character names (Rousseau, Faraday, Penelope and the list goes on…).

    1. Hurrah! Another fan! I love how every little detail can potentially contain so much more information that it can seem. Everything is deliberate so everything means something.

  2. Admittedly I have never seen the show – not one episode, as a matter of fact – and now, with this info, I’m feeling compelled to get it on Netflix! Is this going to be another addiction?

    1. It’s quite a bizarre show and have recently become very sci-fi. I recommend it though especially seasons 1 and from 4 onwards. I don’t really recommend 2-3 because it became very frustrating but it’s gotten so, so good since the end of season 3!

  3. Oh Lost. I watched for the first three seasons but was rather put off at that point and haven’t been following since. Part of what makes it such an intriguing and clever show is the wealth of references it makes and trusts the viewer to be intelligent enough to catch. Even though I don’t watch anymore, I’ll definitely be checking out this site!

    1. I stopped watching half way through season 2 because it just got too frustrating and slow. I started watching again at the end of season 3 and have been hooked ever since. Season 4 is my favourite and it’s absolutely fantastic. I agree with the wealth of cultural references the show makes – it makes the plot so much more in depth and interesting. I love how heavily they’ve referenced history, philosophy and literature.

  4. I didn’t know that Lost had literary, historical, and philosophical connotations. I’ve only seen a couple of early episodes, and the people I know who do watch it just go on about how hot Sawyer is. Heh!

    1. Haha, yes, Sawyer is one of the main drawcard of the show. 🙂 The show (or writers) never fail to surprise me with their wealth of knowledge. I mean, they’ve even managed to include ancient Egyptian mythology into the show and have Sawyer read Judy Bluime’s ‘Are you there God? It’s me, Margaret’. Haha!

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