I must admit in novels, film, television, or any other form of storytelling I get sucked in by a good mystery. I watched X-files FOREVER. What did we learn from that show. Almost nothing. Nothing except that I'm a sucker for a good mystery. Watched LOST, too. I actually stopped mid-season 4 because I was pretty sure that I was going to get the same 'answer' I got from X-Files, nothing. But if I wasn't so ding-dong busy I'm sure I would have finished it anyways because I love a good mystery that much. In fact I don't let people talk about LOST in front of me because I'm sure that I will finish it one day.
I watched a TED recently where JJ Abrams, the writer of LOST, told about what he calls the Mystery Box. I thought that you readers might be interested in what he had to say about mystery in all genres of storytelling (and life).