What Book Was the New Character, John Dorie, Reading on Fear the Walking Dead?

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The first episode of Fear the Walking Dead’s Season 4 was phenomenal. And we’ll definitely be writing a review about it very soon. But first, I have to address a question that several fans have been asking me. In the opening scene of the Season 4 premiere of Fear, a new character named John was reading a book. The camera zoomed in and gave us a closeup of the book, even, so it must be important somehow. Well, the book John was reading is REAL and you can even buy a copy yourself if you’re curious about it. Read on for more details.

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The book John was reading was “Love Story” by Erich Segal. You can tell by looking at some of the closeup photos of the book, which clearly show the title and a few letters from the author’s name.


You can purchase a copy of the book here. It starts at $1.50 hardcover, $7.99 paperback, and $5.99 for Kindle. So you won’t have to put down much money to see what it’s about, and I personally think that it might be helpful for better understanding future episodes of Fear.

(The rest of this article will have slight spoilers for the premiere, and details about the book.)

You see, during the first episode of Fear, we learn that John Dorie is looking for Laura. Laura is a mysterious character that he fell in love with. He said they spent a lot of time together before finally voicing their feelings, but she left shortly after. He’s been looking for her ever since. This could be a tragic story where Laura is gone, some strange story with a twist where Laura is just a figment of his imagination, or there could be a key element of what happened between Laura and John that he’s leaving out. I believe there will be some kind of twist, and perhaps this book could give us a hint.

The book was originally written in the 1970s. Here’s the synopsis on Amazon: “Oliver Barrett IV, a wealthy jock from a stuffy WASP family on his way to a Harvard degree and a career in law . . . Jenny Cavilleri, a sharp-tongued, working-class beauty studying music at Radcliffe . . . Opposites in nearly every way, Oliver and Jenny are kindred spirits from vastly different worlds. Falling deeply and powerfully, their attraction to one another defies everything they have ever believed—as they share a passion far greater than anything they dreamed possible . . . and explore the wonder of a love that must end too soon.

One of the most adored novels of our time, this is the book that defined a generation—a story of uncompromising devotion, of life as it really is . . . and love that changes everything.”

Just the idea that the couple in the novel shares a love that “must end too soon” sounds reminiscent of what John has said about his relationship with Laura. So I certainly think this book would be worth a read. I haven’t found the exact cover that we saw in the episode, but this is definitely the right book.

Have you read this book? Let us know more about it in the comments below. It has 251 reviews on Amazon and 4 stars.

    Stephanie Dwilson started Post Apocalyptic Media with her husband Derek. She's a licensed attorney and has a master's in science and technology journalism. You can reach her at [email protected].

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