So, I meant to make a post last night but LOST happened at 9 PM and, just like every Tuesday night, my brain imploded/exploded/ceased to exist for the rest of the night. I'm not going to rant or rave about how much I love it (which by now should be obvious), but I will attempt to relate it to our coursework. Honestly I just can't get my brain on much else right now.
For any non-LOST viewers, it begins when, in 2004, a plane crashes on a mysterious Island and 40 some survivors attempt to stay alive and get rescued. While stuck on the island for 108 days, we get an intimate view on about 15 of the main character's lives. To make a long story short, 6 of the survivors get rescued and later return, the rest are temporarily and randomly stuck on the island travelling through time, there is a giant smoke monster thing and enigmatic people on the island, and countless historical and literary references throughout the entire show. There's no simple way to explain it.
Somewhere in the small portion of remaining my brain tissue I thought, "Huh, this is kind of like Faulkner." Of course not the time travel and smoke monsters, but the narration style of the television show. Throughout all 5 and a half seasons, the show is constantly jumping back and forth. On the island, off the island. 3 years flashback, 3 years flash forward. And NOW there is a whole other "sideways" dimension in which the characters live their lives as if the plane never crashed! Like Faulkner, no? He jumps from narrator to narrator, writing only jumbled thoughts and occassional long scenes, Darl being the most descriptive and useful. Even though I had read As I Lay Dying in the past, it's amazing how much I missed or didn't pick up on from the unique writing style. Similar to LOST, Faulkner always keeps you guessing and makes you think.
Almost done, I promise! So, because this is an American Literature class, I thought I would share another interesting facet of LOST. Like I said, the show is riddled with historical and literary references. One of the main characters, Sawyer, reads constantly and relates much of island life to the books he's reading. I'm happy to announce that LOST has its own book club. There is a great selection, a lot of it from authors we've read (sadly no Faulkner). It's not every day you find a TV show that combines a love for history, sci-fi, and literature all at once.