Lost & Children’s Literature

Monday, June 07, 2010 at 11:59 AM

"I was never very good at literary analysis," John Locke declares in an episode from Season 2 of Lost. The writers for the series, on the other hand, seem determined to load the series with literary references. Sawyer, the hardbitten conman, turns out to be a voracious reader, devouring everything from Watership Down to A Wrinkle in Time. The series builds on one of the most celebrated literary tropes: survivors on a deserted island.