Like "others" I am addicted to LOST. TV is smarter and way more fun than it has ever been...and Lost features many books and literature. Characters often talk about characters in books, or reference books in their dialogue. I've given up trying to figure out what is going on or what is the island (although I believed maybe at first it was a complex rehab program either medical or criminal...? like the movie The Game) Now I just sit back and enjoy...of course for a fanatic for details like me...it's awesome to have digital recording options and play the show back, all those symbols...and books.
I've read some of the stuff referenced in LOST and I've gone and looked stuff up too and read it...or re-read it...
Here are some reading materials from the ever so fun, Lost reading list...
(and don't forget poor Sawyer the bookworm has eye trouble...)
Sawyer was reading Watership Down (looking for a home) in the episode titled Confidence Man(which is the title of a Herman Melville novel)
King Josiah (22, 23)(spiritual leprosy?)
The Third Policeman by Flann O'Brien ( metaphor about physics, writers and readers, fan obsession with philosophy)
Wrinkle In Time(I read this as a kid, sci-fi about a time travel machine called a "tesserac"and a family being reunited)
Are You There God, it's Margeret by Judy Blume...(menstration...but could it be the title that is fun? But then, menstration would be a huge issue when stranded and two characters have been pregnant)
The Brothers Karamozov by Dostoyevsky (each brother represents an outlook on life, it suggests that life without god is not a good idea)
Alice In Wonderland (refeenced in conversation several time, rabbit hole/hatch/ warren comes to mind...)
Our Mutual Friend by Charles Dickens (this surprised me in the final season episode haven't figured out the relevence to me yet, but oh I love Dickens...)
Heart Of Darkness by Joseph Conrad
Lord of the Flies( seems self explanatory)
Turn of the Screw by Henry james (two kids playing mind games on their teacher...satanic evil games she is lost)
Lancelot by Walker Percy ( characters are in healing, in prison from their acts. questions about the sexual act, morality meaning)
An Occurence at Owl Creek Bridge(main impression is "unreliable narrartor" and this is referneced in Twilight Zone, jacobs Ladder...seems like a hint to the characters in Lost...)
The Epic of Gilgamesh (regeneration, a snake sloughing off its skin and to live again,rebirth-story of life destruction and renewal)
One of the characters, one of the others, is called Henry Gale this is an uncle in The Wizard of Oz, and Locke offers Brothers Karamozov to Gale but Gale would prefer a Stephen King novel.