I just started reading Island by Aldous Huxley. I was drawn to the book because it is tied in to the ABC show Lost — possibly one of the finest television shows in recent history (of course I do not include TV shows in this category like “Steve Guttenberg’s Police Academy Hour”). ABC started a Lost book club that helps viewers like me and you keep track of literary references within the show. Whether Sawyer is reading a copy of Watership Down or John Locke hands a copy of Valis to Ben, the observant viewer is well rewarded for making connections that unlock some deeper mysteries associated with the book.
Huxley’s book opens with a line that describes a scene on Lost with eerie accuracy:
lying there like a corpse in the dead leaves, his hair mattered, his face grotesquely smudged and bruised, his clothes in rags and muddy, Will Farnaby awoke with a start…
Does this scene ring a bell? Do you recognize it in the show? I’ll give you a hint — some people may not have seen it because they weren’t fans just yet.
Plus there’s the obivious connection between the title of the book I’m reading (Island) and the fact that they’re stuck on one. I’m looking forward to the new season, which starts, according to an official sounding web site, “sometime in 2010″.