Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Lost Ate My Life: The Story of A Fandom Like No Other

Lost Ate My Life: The Story of a Fandom Like No Other
written by Jon Lachonis and Amy Johnston


I'm sorry to bring up all the comparisons to Harry, A History, but the two are just so similar, both being histories of fandoms, as opposed to your standard analysis books.

Let's begin at the beginning. The foreword of this book, written by the amazing Javier Grillo-Marxuach, was one of the best parts of the entire thing. I mean, if I were you, I'd buy the book just for that. But, no worries, the rest of the book continues to be absolutely amazing. As opposed to Harry, A History, Lost Ate My Life actually focuses on the fandom as a whole, all the different aspects. Sure, there is some extended focus on The Fuselage, but that makes sense, as that is the focal point of the fandom, while in HaH, MuggleNet, half of the whole fandom, was completely cut out. Lost takes the extra time to mention all the sites (although I'm a little miffed TLE wasn't mentioned, but, y'know, considering everything else, still pretty impressive). There are moments of braggery, though, that make parts of this book very unpleasant to read. hijinks' story about meeting Bryan Burk just seems so much more down to earth than Melissa's meeting JKR. She doesn't brag, she's very humble about it, and it makes it more relatable and friendly. There are times when the book has a little too much background info, and other times when it has too much insider info, but sometimes, it manages to strike just the perfect balance between the two. And really, leaving out Penny/Desmond? Tsk, tsk. ;)

Rating: 4.5/5

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