Lost [SPOILERS!! plus: blah]


Blah blah blah blah half of it was just a dream, ha ha ha we got you to invest your emotions in stuff that didn’t even really happen! blah blah.

Yadda yadda, the people doing the dreaming were dead, bet you didn’t expect that, ha ha blah blah blah.

OOEEOO white light = deep spirituality everybody knows that, yadda yadda.

Blah blah really good stuff that we won’t bother explaining because we don’t understand it ourselves, we only stumbled on it by accident OMG what do we do now, oh, look here’s a carpet, shove it under, blah blah.

PLUS: Blah blah “not science fiction” yadda yadda.

Also: Where was Michael and Walt?

And: Dogs, apparently, do not go to heaven.

For something more coherent, go to Catherynne M. Valenti’s post on the subject. Which she wrote, like, five days BEFORE the Lost finale.

Sample quote:

….the difference between realism and non-realism is that realism has no interest in consistent world-building or rules, or even making anything have narrative logic, because those artists think their work takes place in the real world and therefore requires none of these things. The real world is already built, yo. It doesn’t need explanations.

And this:

There is literally not a single realist show that could not be made more awesome by adding robots, monsters, time travel, or magic. You can try to come up with one, but you will fail. Why do you think Buffy and her unfortunately step-children The Vampire Diaries, True Blood, etc are so loved? Because they are 90210 with vampires, and that is better than just regular 90210.

Don’t just read quotes! Go there!
[Note: Contains expletives — AS IT SHOULD!]

8 Responses to “Lost [SPOILERS!! plus: blah]”

  • Sean Fagan Says:

    Well… that’s what happens when you make the story up as you go along, thinking that complexity adds depth.

  • Sean Fagan Says:

    Oh, your link for http://yuki-onna.livejournal.com/583912.html is malformed — has an extra “http://” at the beginning.

  • Mairead Says:

    This is off-topic, but heartfelt: do you yet have a sense of the time remaining til you send off the next book for publication? Even an idea of the remaining latency’s granularity would be better than nothing. Weeks? Months? Years? Decades? An approximate coefficient with the granularity would be grand!

    You’ve done what few authors do: I care about Rowan and Bel, and to a smaller but still significant extent Willam and Steffie, and want to know how it works out for them. And I care about the autocthones of Rowan’s world –your description of Rowan’s experience meeting them was the best first-contact I’ve *ever* read. I’ve to believe it’d be shortlisted for the best ever written. Those aborigines deserve better than to be RBC’d out of existence, or handwaved away as surplus to narrative requirements. You could quite possibly write another ten books just about the trials & tribs of the Steerswomen struggling to create mutual understanding between the humans and those very different people.

    But will I physically last long enough to see the series out? I’m already 70. If you were as prolific as Barbara Mertz, delivering a book a year, I’d have no worries. But you’re not.

    Goddess knows I don’t want you to fall prey to the Auel-Rowling Syndrome and turn in duff mss because you feel under pressure from readers like me, or are bored, or run out of steam.

    But if you could keep us up do date on where things stand, that would help. I’m sure I’m not the only one who cares.

    All the best,

    • Rosemary Says:

      Mairead —

      I don’t mean to ignore you! I haven’t replied yet because this question deserves some attention. I’ll speak about the issue in an upcoming post.

      But briefly : thanks for your encouragement.

      More later….

    • Rosemary Says:

      Mairead —

      I’ve finally composed an answer, of sorts, to your question. It’s today’s post…

  • tariqata Says:

    Lost just repeated the error that turned me from a serious fan to a rabid hater of the Chronicles of Narnia when I was 12 and read The Last Battle.

    I wish I could express myself like Cat Valente on the subject.

    • Rosemary Says:

      Tariqata —

      I’m with you on that one… I read Narnia as an adult, and managed to love them despite the heavy Christian allegory element. I just pretended that stuff wasn’t there, and had a fine old time! Until the last book –Ack!

      Dammit. I keep finding things I like, and they keep turning into dross.