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Re: Victorian Sensational Novels
* serialsensation is a follow-up to dracula1897, the real-time reading of Dracula that elettaria and eye_of_a_cat did a few years ago: Victorian sensational novels, posted in twice-weekly installments. They are starting with Ellen Wood's 1861 novel East Lynne, a tale of drama, disguises, scandal, shame, implausible plot twists, and nail-biting cliffhangers. Please join if you're interested in enjoying these excellent novels in the serialised form in which they were designed to be read. The reading begins in one week, on Friday the 20th of March.
Re: The C.S. Lewis/Lost Connection
* From Logos: The C.S. Lewis Society Update:
ABC's hit TV series Lost continues to receive attention regarding the influence of C.S. Lewis's books on the plot, themes and characters. Last year, character Charlotte Staples Lewis ("C.S. Lewis") joined the series with her arrival clearly taken from Prince Caspian. And as reported in numerous recent articles, the plot has included many parallels to Lewis's book, The Great Divorce, in which numerous people who visit the outskirts of heaven remain "lost" as they cling stubbornly and vainly to selfish ways only to prefer hell in the process. Most recently, in addition to Narnia-like magical lands, time travel and mysterious events, Lost has featured more overt symbols from Narnia, including "The Lamp Post" positioned at the island's entrance, just as it is found at the edge of Narnia in The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe. Further parallels pertain to The Voyage of the Dawn Treader.
Additional reading on the C.S. Lewis/Lost connection:
* "The Lost Dawn Treader?" by Todd Hertz (Christianity Today, March 2, 2009)
* "'Lost': 'Caspian,' See?" by Jeff Jensen (Entertainment Weekly, February 18, 2009)
* "'Lost' Recap: Married To It" by Jeff Jensen (Entertainment Weekly, February 11, 2009)
* "Lost: The ties that bind" by Molly Lemick (San Francisco Examiner, February 12, 2009)
Charlotte: I remember something now. When I was little, living here, there was this man, this crazy man. He really scared me. And he told me that I had to leave the island and never, ever come back. He told me that if I came back to the island, I would die.
Daniel: Charlotte, I don't understand.
Charlotte: Daniel, I think that man was you.
- from "This Place is Death," Lost