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Posted at 10:43 AM ET, 07/11/2007

Join the 'Lost' Book Club

By Liz Kelly

(Image courtesy Scribner)

Jen: Ever since our dear Charlie made the sign of the cross and floated off into the deep blue sea during the season finale of "Lost," Liz and I have been adrift. With no "Lost" in our lives, we have turned to DVDs of previous episodes; futile Google searches for news, any news, about the show; and, on at least one occasion, hard liquor.

Liz: The hard liquor was, of course, after Jen gave birth. And it wasn't Dharma brand, so it was really a hollow kind of high.

Jen: Fortunately, we have now come up with a way to continue feeding our (and your) "Lost" obsession during the long hiatus until the show returns in February. We call it: "Lost" Book Club.

On the first Wednesday of each month, Liz and I will announce the "Lost" Book Club selection of the month in a post right here in Celebritology. Our choice will always be a work of literature that is directly referenced in "Lost" or at least inspired by the show's mythology. On the last Wednesday of the month, we'll host an online discussion of the book and how it relates to the ongoing attempt to analyze the show's narrative. (Inane comments about McPatchy and pleas for the return of Boone, even if they do not relate directly to the book at hand, are always welcome, though we want the discussions to focus as much as possible on the book and how it informs "Lost" World.)

Liz: And, because we must crawl before we walk and hop before we crawl, this month's selection is (drumroll please): "Watership Down" by Richard Adams. Sure, the movie traumatized me when I was unwittingly subjected to it in 1978, but I survived a college-era reading and am actually looking forward to revisiting the warren one more time.

Why We Chose It: Because it's the first book to make a prominent appearance in the series; Sawyer is seen reading it twice during season one, including during the appropriately titled "White Rabbit" episode. Also, we like bunnies. And Jen digs the fact that the 1978 animated version of "Watership Down" appears as an Easter egg in the director's cut of "Donnie Darko," since "Darko" and "Lost" are pop culture siblings of a sort.

Why You Should Read It: There's a reason Adams's book has been in print non-stop since 1972: It's an amazing read that can be interpreted on a number of levels. Adams created a fully-realized world inhabited by bunnies, complete with their own language and mythology. You'll quickly find yourself lost (no pun intended) in a rabbit-centric world where the biggest danger is man (did I mention the subsequent self-loathing?). Or, read the book for its parallels to human religion, government, society and even as an allegory of our destruction of nature.

So, without further ado, get thee to the local library or book merchant and pack "Watership Down" in your beach bag.

We'll discuss the book on Wednesday, Aug. 1, at Noon ET. In the meantime, poke around in 'Lost' Central, our special source for all things "Lost"-related, rent the movie (if you're pressed for time) or craft your pet Adams-inspired "Lost" theories.

By Liz Kelly  | July 11, 2007; 10:43 AM ET
Categories:  Lost  
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