Thursday, January 2, 2014

Bookshelf: Chris Seay's The Gospel According to Lost

Maybe you watched Lost, and if you did you probably puzzled along with the rest of the world regarding the mysteries of it. If you haven't watched the show then this book is useless to read. It heavily relies on having at least watched the first five seasons of the show. Also, this is a show that explores some of the themes that could relate back to Christians. Mostly the book reads a recap though. A recap that makes me want to rewatch the show.

Summary: Lost grew into a show that had many people puzzled over the direction it would take. Would it have a scientific explanation? Is the show more spiritual? This would be some of the questions that audiences asked as they approached the final season of Lost in the year 2010. Chris Seay is a Lost fanatic, and he can give you a lot of information regarding certain episodes, and what he related to each one of them, particularly Biblical. He dedicates each chapter to one of the main characters, and what the viewer can receive from their character relating to the message of Christianity.

Characters: The characters that are used throughout this book are some of our favorites from Lost in the first place. Probably the two more intriguing ones to explore was always the war between faith and science between Locke and Jack though. Mostly because neither seem deeply rooted in either stance, and always up for doubting. Some of the more interesting explorations of characters were the ones you might not imagine being more interesting than those two though like Sawyer, or Jin and Sun. It felt like any ties they might have would be less obvious, but just as intriguing. The book though has a set amount of pages to each character, so I did find this to be too heavily dictated and restrictive to where the author could have went with explaining the show.

Writing: For many though it's a bit of a stretch to relate the message of the gospel to Lost. Yes, there are many words that are related to the gospel that could be used to relate to Lost. Like the redemption of characters, the forgiveness of the past, etc. Overall the message of the gospel though is about Jesus, and what he brought to change the world, which was his message of salvation. That isn't anything that ties into Lost at all. So it makes the book stretched. Plus, the writing does seem to repeat itself, and it never leads into a deep revelation.

Plot: Since the only thing between Lost and the Gospel that can be tied together are similar words, and maybe even a few stories, it leaves the book feeling a little lackluster. It is instead like a super fan wrote a book, and was able to get published. Only a hardcore Lost fan like me could read this, and find any enjoyment with it. I'm sure if I met Seay we would have some great conversations about Lost, but if you're even a casual Lost viewer, or someone who doesn't watch the show at all, then this book almost has no potential of being an enjoyable read. It was mainly a great way to motivate me to want to watch the show again as many of the scenes I started missing as he recounted many.

The Gospel According to Lost is good, and it is interesting, but since Seay isn't a writer for the show and only a fan, as I am, it can't provide anything for people wanting to know more about the show itself, which Seay warns in the opening. It's just a show for mainly other hardcore Lost fans, particularly Christian ones, to get together and over analyze everything as I did when the show first began. It's fun for those who love the show, and not as much fun for those who don't.

Rating 7 of 10.

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