Lost Ate My Life
The Inside Story of a Fandom Like No Other
Amy J. Johnston
?“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.
Jon “DocArtz” Lachonis learned to read from the pages of Famous Monsters of Filmland and Starlog, and has been a prisoner of pop culture ever since. His writing has been featured on TheTailsection.com, BuddyTV.com, UGO.com, The California Chronicle, and The Seattle Post Intelligencer. His examinations have been quoted in TVGuide, Entertainment Weekly, E!Online, USA Today's pop watch, TVSquad, Television Without Pity, AOLTV, and many more. Amy J. Johnston is a writer and part-time webmistress who runs a number of fandom-oriented websites, including The Evil Puppet Masters blog, and an official fansite for Lost executive producer Bryan Burk. Originally from Georgia, Amy currently resides in Indiana with her husband and two children.