"Do you have any Stephen King?"
In the most recent episode, Maternity Leave, Henry Gale asked Locke, after being presented with Dostoevsky's The Brothers Karamazov, if he had any Stephen King. It's no secret that JJ Abrams is a big fan of The Dark Tower Series, a seven book epic which strikes some eerie similarities to the Lost mythos.
First there's that whole number thing; the number 19 and it's factors held a mystical significance in Dark Tower. While it was never explained WHY the number 19 was so important, it's appearance often indicated an event or object important to the story as a whole. The same appears to be true in Lost, as in a recent Podcast Damon Lindeloff and Carlton Hughes indicated that the numbers primary function is add to the supernatural allure of the show (the lost podcast can be found on the shows official website
Then there is Stephens mechanized hybrid Bear, a creature created by an earlier society which in the post apocalyptic world of Dark Tower has lost it's initial purpose. There are many electromagnetic security items in this fantasy story which have developed intelligences or have 'just gone wrong'. As more evidence comes out related to the 'monster' on Lost (which Rousseou has identified as a security system) the correlation is apparent. The 'smoke' seems to have been designed with an original purpose abandoned by it's central programming, or augmented by it's own intelligence.
Literature also plays a big role in both. The Emerald city from Wizard of Oz is replicated in Dark Tower, and many people or creatures from Kings other novels find cameos in Dark Tower. In fact, King managed to fit a bit of autobiographical info in his own cameo later in the series. Likewise, Lost borrows themes from literature, and has thrown around enough literary masterpieces to have the bibliophile world in an uproar of theories.Lostpedia
covers the similarities point by point in it's literature section, as well as addressing the possible significance of titles and authors mentioned on the show.
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