Bibliography: Lost has generated a good deal of critical analysis and writings published elsewhere. This page collects an annotated and alphabetical list of critical and academic articles, books, and resources about the show. It is not a collection of news stories, reviews, novels, or general websites.


  • Meg Donhauser, Heather Hersey, Brien Gorham, & Cathy Stutzman, "Nobody Does It Alone: Whispers from the LOST Community".
  • Published by Brien Gorham, 2014.
  • ISBN 9781310668210 Digital download only [1]
  • Recapture of the magic of television's LOST through the eyes of its devoted fan base. "Losties" from all around the globe recount their favorite moments and discuss the show's themes and mysteries through the lens of their own lives. It's time to go back to the Island once more.

Lost Thought UE Cover Kindle Version
  • by Pearson Moore, Nikki Stafford, Paul Wright PhD, Jo Garfein, Erika Olson, Jennifer Galicinski, C. David Milles, Sarah Clarke Stuart, Amy Bauer PhD, Michelle Lang PhD, Antonio Savorelli PhD, Abby Letak, Jeffrey Frame "LOST Thought University Edition: Leading Thinkers Discuss Lost".
  • ISBN 978-1481194471
  • Among the 500-plus large-format pages of LOST Thought University Edition you will find 32 compelling questions posed by two dozen of the world’s leading authorities in literary analysis, film theory, theatre, art, theology, language, and music—as well as the most recognized names in the LOST blogosphere. With fascinating discussions touching on thousands of novel ideas, you will discover new ways of thinking about the thesis, major themes, character arcs, and original concepts given form and substance in one of television’s greatest artistic achievements..

Lost reality
  • Pearson Moore, "LOST Reality: The Sideways World of Season 6".
  • Inukshuk Press, 2014.
  • ISBN 0692276017

What can be found in lost
  • Ankerberg, John and Dillon Burroughs, "What Can Be Found in Lost?: Insights on God and the Meaning of Life from the Popular TV Series".
  • Harvest House, 2007.
  • ISBN 0736921214

  • Card, Orson Scott (Editor), "Getting Lost: Survival, Baggage, and Starting Over in J. J. Abrams' Lost".
  • Benbella Books, 2006.
  • ISBN 1932100784

  • Damitio, Chris. "Lost in Transmediality: Exploring Television's LOST and it's fans".
  •, 2009.
  • Available as book or download at publisher website [2]
  • A look at the hit television series LOST. In this anthropological study, the author looks at the production team, the actors, and the story of LOST while delving into what it is that makes this show a hit with the fans. Never before published interviews with the producers, in depth looks at the fan community, and an examination of what it takes to make a show like LOST.

Lost episode guide for others
  • Dougherty, Robert. "Lost Episode Guide For Others: An Unofficial Anthology".
  • IUniverse, 2008.
  • ISBN 1440102880

  • Kaye, Sharon, ed., "Lost and Philosophy: The Island Has Its Reasons".
  • Blackwell Publishing, 2007.
  • ISBN 1405163151

  • Kaye, Sharon & Irwin, William, "The Ultimate Lost and Philosophy - Think Together, Die Alone".
  • Wiley, 2010.
  • ISBN 0470632291

  • Lachonis, Jon & Johnston, Amy with Grillo-Marxuach, Javier (Foreword), "Lost Ate My Life: The Inside Story of a Fandom Like No Other".
  • Ecw Press, 2008.
  • ISBN 1550228471

  • Oromaner, Marc. "The Myth of Lost: Solving the Mysteries and Understanding the Wisdom".
  • IUniverse, 2008.
  • ISBN 0595484565
Main article: The Myth of Lost

Main article: Reading Lost

  • Porter, Lynette and David Lavery, "Unlocking the Meaning of Lost: An Unauthorized Guide".
  • Sourcebooks, 2006 (1st ed.), 2007 (2nd ed.).
  • ISBN 1402207263 (1st ed.)
  • ISBN 1402209177 (2nd ed.)

Buried Treasures
  • Porter, Lynette, David Lavery, and Hillary Robson, "Lost's Buried Treasures".
  • Sourcebooks, 2007.
  • ISBN 1402210310

  • Seay, Chris, "The Gospel According to Lost".
  • Thomas Nelson, 2009.
  • ISBN 0849920728

Finding lost
  • Stafford, Nikki, "Finding Lost: The Unofficial Guide". 383 pages.
  • ECW Press, 2006.
  • ISBN 1550227432

  • Stafford, Nikki, "Finding Lost - Season Three: The Unofficial Guide". 200 pages.
  • ECW Press, 2007.
  • ISBN 1550227998

Finding Lost 4
  • Stafford, Nikki, "Finding Lost - Season Four: The Unofficial Guide". 224 pages.
  • ECW Press, 2009.
  • ISBN 1550228781

Finding Lost 5
  • Stafford, Nikki, "Finding Lost - Season Five: The Unofficial Guide". 224 pages.
  • ECW Press, 2009.
  • ISBN 1550228919

Finding Lost 6
  • Stafford, Nikki, "Finding Lost - Season Six: The Unofficial Guide". 304 pages.
  • ECW Press, 2010.
  • ISBN 1550229516

  • Cultural criticism based on the Lost narrative. Part-way between scholarship and pop culture commentary.

Lost Chronicles

Book chapters

  • Anderson, Christopher, "Television Networks and the Uses of Drama," in Thinking Outside the Box: A Contemporary Television Genre Reader, edited by Gary Edgerton & Brian Rose (Lexington: *University of Kentucky Press, 2005), 65-87.
  • ISBN 0813123658
  • A discussion of TV promotional techniques, using Lost as an example of the blurring between drama and advertising.

  • Jones, Steven E., "The Game of Lost," in The Meaning of Video Games: Gaming and Textual Strategies.
  • New York: Routledge, 2008.
  • ISBN 0415960568
  • An analysis of the show within the context of gaming and gamer culture.

Print articles

  • Drangsholt, Janne Stigen, "World without end or beginning: structures of dis-placement in Lost," New Review of Film and Television Studies 7:2, 2009, Pages 209 – 224.


Online essays

  • The Society for the Study of Lost publishes a number of critical essays and commentaries on the show. [4]
  • Gibson, Tim, "Glimpsing Utopia on Lost," Flow 6:2. [5]
  • An analysis of the socialist ideals in the show's island economy & society.
  • Gray, Jonathan & Jason Mittell, "Speculation on Spoilers: Lost Fandom, Narrative Consumption and Rethinking Textuality‘ Particip@tions Volume 4, Issue 1 (May 2007). [6]
  • A study of why some fans read online spoilers of the show.
  • Lavery, David, "Get Lost in a Good Story," Flow 3:2. [7]
  • A discussion of the show's use of serial narrative.
  • Mittell, Jason, "The Value of Lost," Flow 2:10. [8]
  • An argument for the aesthetic value of Lost.
  • Mittell, Jason, "Lost in an Alternate Reality," Flow 4:7. [9]
  • Mittell, Jason, "Sites of Participation: Wiki Fandom and the Case of Lostpedia," Transformative Works and Cultures vol 3. [10]
  • An analysis of Lostpedia.

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