Tuesday, 2 July 2013

Chapter 11: I'm Lost...

I have a new addiction everyone. I have this thing called Netflix, you may have heard of it? And on this device are MANY films and programmes. My new addition? Lost. I am only on series 2, but I can't get enough of it. I started watching it a few months back and for those of you who have seen it, you will know how long each series is. So far it has AMAZED me how long they have keep it going for and still kept my interest. The only other programmes that have done this for me are True Blood and Breaking Bad. I don't know if it is to do with getting older, but when Lost was first viewed on Channel 4, I was only 16 and just couldn't get into it. I don't know if it seemed too deep at the time or I was just being very studious and making sure my homework was done (NAT) but I just stopped watching it. The same for Desperate Housewives, I just couldn't relate to the characters and it didn't interest me. But again, I seen a few episodes a while back and thought, "Wow, this looks kinda good..." But back to Lost, if you haven't seen it, where have you been?!

The show is about a plane crash that lands on an Island in the South Pacific... in the middle of nowhere! There are all kinds of characters: the Doctor/leader, the convict, the person seeking revenge, the comedian, the druggy, the pregnant woman (yes, a pregnant woman) and even a dog! Overtime, they all start to build a sort of community and each episode delves into the personal lives of each character and how they became the way they are. Each character has their own deep, dark secrets that slowly become unveiled throughout time. Every episode I am constantly thinking, "Oooh I can really relate to him", or, "I think if I was on the Island, I'd be like her!". I can't count how many times I have cried as well, but I am just one big cry baby to be perfectly honest and I'm not ashamed to admit it!

When I watch programmes or films like these, I really over analyse it. Lost for me right now, is probably the one thing I can relate to and I think we all can. Because aren't we all? Don't we all feel lost at some point or another in our lives? Whether it is to do with ourselves, or our jobs or even a question someone has asked you? For me, this programme isn't about the character's just being lost on an Island, but about them being lost in themselves. I can't speak for any of you reading this, but for me this makes me feel half normal.

This is why I would love to write something as amazing as this programme. I would love to be able to create something that everyone can relate to and think to themselves after, "That is me. That is how I feel. That is what I want to achieve." They say you should write what you know, but let's face it, I don't think J.J. Abrams survived a plane crash and got stranded on a desert Island and thought, "Hey man, I should make a show about this." I think he thought about different situations people have gone through and thought about the best ways to get convey these to his audience. No wonder the show was a complete success, it lasted for 6 years and won several major television awards.

Gladly, I didn't get (too) lost this weekend when I went away to Wales with the girls - we had a satnav! We went on a Sun holiday with the newspaper tokens and it was a real laugh! I would highly recommend to anyone who wants to holiday in the UK, to collect the Sun tokens next time they are around. We stayed in Carmarthen and it was lovely! One things for certain though, the beach was nothing like the one on Lost - that is one beach I wouldn't mind being stranded on!

I'm sure you can all think of times where you have been lost, whether it has been in yourself, in a classroom, in a book, or in a television series! I would certainly love to hear about any stories you have and how you have dealt with them. Just reply on here or message me on Facebook or Tweet away.

Richard Ashcroft is one of my favourite singers of all time, so I think a bit of The Verve can reflect the programme, "Lost", and just generally being lost in ourselves:


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