Friday, December 26, 2008

LOST Book Club: Enter to Win One!

As most of you know, ABC introduced a Lost Book Club earlier this year, featuring many of the books which have been referenced on the show. In the spirit of the holidays and in anticipation of Season 5, I thought I would give away 5 of these books to fellow Lost fans!
  • Alice's Adventures in Wonderland & Through the Looking Glass [Lewis Carroll]
  • The Little Prince [Antoine de Saint-Exupery]
  • Lord of the Flies [William Golding]
  • Valis [Philip K. Dick]
  • Watchmen [Alan Moore & David Gibbons]
Of course, I strayed from the official list to include Watchmen (a must-read with obvious influences on Lost; Damon Lindelof believes to be "the greatest piece of popular fiction ever produced") and The Little Prince (which is the title of the upcoming Episode 4/Season 5...and presumably about Aaron).

So, if YOU would like to win one of these books, answer this simple question: what makes you the biggest Lost fan among all of your friends, family and the online community?

Here are the rules of the contest:
  • Leave a comment here or on the wall of my Facebook group Discussion Board
  • Length: one paragraph. Be honest and/or creative, funny, etc.
  • Enter by January 5, 2009; 5 winners will be announced that day
  • Contest open to everyone in all countries
Have fun, good luck and thank you in advance for playing!

- Jo


maven said...

Here's my entry, Jo:

I believe I am the biggest LOST fan, and I deserve to win one of the BOOK CLUB prizes. I have always taken the INITIATIVE when it comes to being involved in watching Lost. I PURGE all non-Lost thoughts from my mind whenever a new episode airs. I'm so anxious for it to start I wish it would begin at 8:15 instead of nine. I batten down the HATCHES and my total ORIENTATION is on the television screen. No OTHERS can talk to me. If my husband WHISPERS something to me while the show is on, I don't pay attention. In fact, I am so cold to him he thinks I'm a POLAR BEAR! I make sure to go to the JOHN before it starts. I JACK up the COMPUTER on my lap and take copious notes. My greatest fear is that it will CRASH. Sometimes I get a CHARLIE horse in my hands from typing so much. There is so much to this show, I can post comments until the SUN comes up. I've BEN a fan since day one. Many NUMBERS of my friends and family (at least 108 of them) think I'm totally obsessed with this show. They believe I become a MONSTER when I want to talk to them about it. And I'm always trying to SMOKE out other fans.

Nurby said...

I started with the first episode, not knowing what to expect. While others were watching to see who would get fired, I had got hooked on Lost. Although the show was only a hour long, somehow hours would go by online while I literally got lost. Numbers, those numbers… what does it mean. Trying to make sense of everything and surrendering to not understanding anything. Attempting to discuss with others proved hard. But then I got introduced to JOpinionated. Observing the show, rather than just watching it, frame by frame. One might think I was crazy, as I have to watch with complete silence. Knowing that if I divert my eyes or make a noise I will miss a very important piece to the mystery. Patiently now I wait for the next season. Lingering between anticipation and fear for what might happen next. Each day is a countdown to January 21. A teaser and some theories keep me going for now. So many unanswered questions waiting to be answered. Enjoying every moment of it, I can’t wait to start discussing again soon!!!

agent385 said...

The top 9 reasons why I'm the biggest Lost fan. #9 My ears perk up every time I hear the WORD "Lost". My father came in the other day and said "We were on oour way to Best Buy and we got lost?" And I thought "What? Who? Where? What about Lost" #8 Every time I visit the in laws, I bring my clothes, toothbrush and LOST DVD's... Oh yeah, I bring my kids too. #7 Everytime I'm bored, I type "Lost" into Yahoo and click on anything that comes up. #6 I played the Dharma Initiative Recruitment game and did not cheat. And yes, I did print up my Dharma Initiative ID card even when my husband was laughing and making fun of me. #5 My 4 Lost puzzles that I got from my in laws are my FAVORITE Christmas gifts this year. I've already put together the first one. I had to go to Lostpedia to figure out the edge code, but I did look at the back at the glow-in-the-dark images. #4 My mother in law got me a shirt that says "Dharma Initiative Rabbit Stenciler and I wear it PROUDLY! My brother in law says I beat him at being a LOST nerd vs him being a Star Wars nerd and that's saying A LOT. #3 I have never added strangers to my Facebook account until I met other Lost fans. And yes, my Lost friends are as dear to me as my other friends. :) #2 Last night while playing the Harry Potter DVD Scene it game, I kept thinking "Is there a Lost version?"
#1 The fact that I'm on here hoping to win a book! :)

Faramir said...

I think I'm the biggest Lost fan, at least in my neighborhood, because the show ate my life since May 2006, when I watched the first two seasons in about twenty days. I've become an amateur podcaster, with a segment of the first Italian podcast about Lost, Lostpod. That recurring segment eventually became a podcast in itself, called Lostbooks: it's about the books that inspired Lost o that were inspired by the show. Last April I managed to get my theory to Darlton, because it ended between the top 20 of USA Today's contest: I still hope it is one of the two the authors declined to comment on because they were 'too close'. I'm planning to write a book about Lost, together with some friends from an Italian forum. After a sudden migration, last summer, to the Lostpedia Italian forum, we've been known as the Oceanic Six... because, yes, we are six. But we won't go back. Books, theories, and books again: that's why Faramir, in Italy, is a synonym of Lost-addict.

Anonymous said...

I'm the biggest fan of Lost because...l'd be the biggest fan...oh, ok!! I'm not the biggest fan, BUT l would be 'that much closer' to being one IF l won one of these books. I just 'know' l would!

ivibeblk said...

I'm the biggest Lost fan there is. I am because I am totally prepared for the new season off Lost. I am watching every episode from the first to the that's some serious fandom right there. Ok also I ordered the Dharma Initiative Laptop Skin for my laptop for a gift for me. I so am the biggest fan that I actually have Lost EpS4 on pause while I write my comment right now. Finally of course only a true true Lost fan would want to spend their winter break watching over 80's of Lost. So I'm the biggest fan see :-)

Happy New Year!

Aunt J-ha said...

Whenever I see or hear a jet fly over my head I expect it to tear in two and come crashing down to earth. As it passes, I wonder if anyone on-board is secretly hoping it crashes and the end up on THE island. I have dreamt that I am Charlie's little sister (and he's younger than me). I have dreamt that Kate, Sun, and Juliet found an unknown hatch which lead them to the command center of the island, where Alvar Hanso was monitering every moment of the island's history at the same time. During random conversations with friends or family I'll bring up Kate, or Sawyer, or any other character as if they were a personal friend of both of us. But what makes me the BIGGEST fan, more so than anyone else...Is that I am already sad to think by the end of May 2010 LOST will be finished. We'll have all the answers and the poetry that is LOST will be told. Sure, We'll always have the DVDs, but no more new content. I can fully understand the reason for this end date and appreciate the succintness it has lent to the overall story, but I know I am going to miss it. I am the biggest fan because I never complained about the length of the hiatus. Every day brings us closer to a new episode and I plan to savor every moment of this journey, this gift that is LOST.

Jo said...

You're all quite creative and I love it! Thank you so much for participating - stay tuned for a compilation of all entries this weekend, and winners will be announced on Monday.

Happy New Year, friends!

Heather said...

Here is my entry.
I love LOST and protect it at all cost. Yes I am obsessed a little. Who isn't?
When new episodes come on I warn people to let me be and watch the show. I even have a sign I put on the front door: "If you dare ring this bell, beware, you have summoned the smoke monster and it is not going to be pleasant!"
Every episode leaves me wanting more and I love it! I re watch each episode several times looking for anything I may of missed.
Weird thing is now, when I hear people whispering I think the others are coming! I think I scared my neighbor more than me! I guess I have to be careful with those torches!

Carol Baughman said...

I am the biggest LOST fan for several reasons. I believe that I am a reincarnated Dharma member, that I was killed in the first Purge by Benjamin Linus and Richard and have been reborn into the body of a single mom. My son bears a striking resemblance to Aaron, and even though he is only 2, he knows the numbers are cursed and that I am his constant. I have watched, studied, and researched almost every new aspect of the shows as they come out. I have paused the DVD's so much on specific images that my pause key is warn down to a nub. Even though I own all 4 seasons of LOST on DVD and have watched them over and over again, I still Tivo all the episodes repeated on both Scifi and G4 and watch them repeatedly. I believe that Jin is alive, I believe that we will see Charlie again. I believe that Michael may still be able to make amends with Walt. (Why? Because Ghost Walt told me) I have influenced my entire family, I have educated them, and they are now addicted to LOST. I have all the LOST magazines in plastic and have every one, including most of the special edition covers, since the very first magazine. I LOVE LOST. The days and hours are only counting down to one thing, the return of the best show on TV. LOST is my constant.

shanzy288 said...

Dear Jo,
First I would like to say that I am thrilled to hear that Damon loves The Watchmen. I have already read that book (It's amazing and am happy you've included it among the others because it's such a great read. We've already watched the movie via satellite here on the island. It was very exciting, even though it took a little extra effort and wheel turning to get it).

Anyway, this is why I believe I should win your contest. I AM an other. If you don't believe me you can check out my pics on facebook. The truth is in the pictures. I was also the first Other to be interviewed in full "Other" garb by ABC online as a representative of our people. I was raised in CA for a number of years until I was recruited to the island. They needed my help in educating some of the younger recruits.
While most of the books you are offering can be found in one of our homes or hatches, here on the island, Sawyer seems to have tampered with most of them. Plus, we're kind of on the down-low at the moment, so a good book would be nice to pass the time.
How about this agreement: You award me with a book and I'll tell you all about our island pet Smokey.

~Shannon Kroner

Joshua Lee said...

Well, I missed the deadline. Hopefully, since more than likely it's not too far late, it'll be okay. Reason for being late: Wow! I was watching Lost! I'll admit I wasn't one for the show when it first came on, it took years before I finally became an addict, which was the 2nd to last episode of season 3, but when I did become an addict, I was hooked. I had seen a few episodes here and there but I finally decided to see what the show was about. So I bought the first season. In a day and a half I had watched the entire collect and then saught after season 2 and devoured it just as quickly. When seasons 3 and 4 boxsets came out, I was late to work so I could be the first one to buy them. This year my one major purpose for going to Comicon was for the Dharma Initiative recruitment. I waited near their booth for hours so I could make sure I was able to be interviewed since I was only there for one day, and sure enough I one of the lucky few able to get an interview on the first day. I'm such a fan I kept believing that the Jeremy Bentham Facebook could "indeed" be real, though my gut was telling me otherwise, and tried acting like a soothsayer in spreading the word of the MacCutcheon-loving-geezer. Indeed! It's true! Most folks around me always hear the random Lost-banter and are sometimes annoyed by this. On my backpack there is a patch for the Arrow Station. During Halloween I dressed as in a white lab coat and put on a patch of the Staff, and plan to wear it at this year's Comicon. I've also managed to spread the Lost-addiction to three co-workers, one friend, and respawned the addiction in another who lost interests after season 2.
I've also written a few songs that are inspiried from the show. All and all that is why I believe I' the biggest Lost fan.