Headscratchers / The Host

The Stephenie Meyer book:

  • Did anyone else think it was odd that there was no mention of any race except humans to be possessed? seeing as in the planet where Burns comes from, once they found out that the plants they were burning were sentient, they stopped doing so, and immediately started possessing the plants. also seeing as humans have the most emotions of any race they already knew, animals would be a viable option too.
  • Did anyone else expect the love/body dilemmas toward the end to play out completely differently? I was sure the book was building to Ian asking Wanderer to live in his body, after which Kyle would ask Sunny to enter him. As it was, it was almost like the possibility didn't occur to Meyer.
    • I thought it was fairly obvious why that wasn't a viable option: the human soul may be suppressed by the Soul. If that wasn't an issue to contend with, I thought a threesome (foursome) would have worked.
      • From what I recall of Ian and Kyle's mindsets at that point, they'd happily have accepted being "suppressed" rather than let the people they cared about die or be exiled, which were the only alternatives they had until the final chapter.
  • Why did Wanda have to lie about her age? Melanie is a human - her mental maturity and physical maturity are roughly the same, so issues with age difference between her and Jared make sense. Wanda's body is sixteen, but why does that matter? As an alien, she's significantly older mentally. Age of consent laws are based on mental maturity - the age a person can reasonably be assumed to understand the implications of having sex. Why does it matter how old her body is when Wanda the soul has lived several lifetimes?
    • Wanda didn't actually have to lie about her age. She was just remembering how it happened with Melanie and Jared: even though it was the Apocalypse, Jared didn't feel comfortable doing anything with Mel because she was underage. Knowing Ian is ever the Gentleman, and could get hung up in these details, she lied to avoid him fretting over her age. Basically, she just wanted to have sex.
  • Why didn't the humans think of locating the ruling Souls in the world and remove the Soul from their bodies? If the humans wanted to defeat the aliens, why weren't the humans trying to take out the leaders?
    • Did the Souls have leaders? I don't remember that. I thought they were just so altruistic and trusting of each other that no one needed to be in charge.
      • As Wanda explains it, there are councils that make decisions about distribution of food and that sort of thing, but there is no permanent ruling body.
      • A good example was the Seeker. The other Souls clearly thought she was nuts for obsessively searching for Wanda, but nobody pulled her off the case; she was free to do what she wanted. The only limitation she was seen to have was she had to return a helicopter after using it for so long, and that only so other Souls could use it.

The Stephenie Meyer movie:

  • Why did Wanda lie about what happened in the water area? She could have explained that while she was almost killed by him, she wanted to make the humane choice by saving him.
  • So these aliens don't know how to barricade a door, and yet we're supposed to believe that they solved all the world's problems?

The Bong Joon-ho movie

  • How in the world did Hyun-seo survive her plunge underwater?
  • What were those rashes all over Gang-du's back when he was in quarantine?
  • Why didn't the Agent Yellow affect Gang-du?
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