YMMV: The Host
The Stephenie Meyer book:
- Fandom Rivalry: With Animorphs.
- Growing the Beard: On the author's part. Whether you consider The Host to be better than Meyer's previous work or not, it is certainly better received.
- It Gets Better: Several reviewers have commented that the beginning is weaker than the rest of the novel.
- Purity Sue: Wanderer; granted, she's not as egregious an example as Bella, but still. She's honest, sweet-natured, and gentle to a fault, and toward the end she has quite a circle of admirers amongst the human clan. Those who do not admire her either don't know her, or, like Maggie and Sharon, are described as shrewish and hateful. At the end, she even looks the part, and Doc comes dangerously close to pronouncing her Too Good for This Sinful Earth.
- To be fair, though, the story is written from a first-person perspective. Don't we all perceive people who are nice to us as better and more worthy of attention than people who aren't, regardless of circumstances?
- Which is why Melanie's perspective, for most of the story, is painfully overlooked. Maggie and Sharon are Melanie's aunt and cousin - maybe not as close family-wise as her brother, and definitely weird in some ways, but still family nonetheless. She knows much better than Wanda about their lives and personalities, and why they are bitter and hateful toward Souls. At the very least, she could have spoken up for them when Wanda made biased judgments about them. But Melanie hardly ever speaks up at all - and only when Jared is somehow involved. When somebody doesn't stick up for their own family in favor of the main character's point of view, there's a bit more than first-person bias going on.
- Sci Fi Ghetto: As seen here.
- They Copied It, So It Sucks: Mentioning this book in Animorphs or Stargate fan circles is generally a bad idea.
- They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot: The book has a lot of room to be really, really good, what with benevolent aliens taking over the world, the divide between what's ruled by your body and what's determined by your mind, the difference between Wanda's love for Ian (purely mind, since she doesn't have a body) and Melanie's love for Jared (more body, since her mind is overpowered by Wanda's), the morality of Utopia Justifies the Means... it could have been really awesome if it hadn't been eaten by the weak beginning and worse ending.
The 2013 film based on the Stephenie Meyer book:
- Critical Backlash. The movie has been near-universally panned by critics and currently holds a score of 9% on Rotten Tomatoes. Moviegoers' reactions have been rather more mixed.
- Crowning Music of Awesome: "Radioactive" by Imagine Dragons in the trailer.
- Narm: Turns out having your main character be a prisoner in her own body, who spends most of the story impotently screaming at the person controlling it, is rather silly to see on film.
Tropes applying to the Korean film:
- Funny Moments:
"Beer. A cold beer."
- It ends up in tragedy, but the all too human moment of a normal man thrust into the thick of danger... who promptly realizes he miscounted just how many shotgun shells remain in his gun.
- Se-joo asks Hyun-seo what she'd want to drink..
- The chase scene, due to its unfitting orchestral BGM.
- When the gang gets away in their getaway car, they realize that Nam-joo isn't in the car. They then find her walking towards the car at a horrendously slow pace.
- During the monster's first attack, we see a girl playing with a bobby pin listening to orchestral music on her headphones completely oblivious to the mayhem around her. When someone runs by, she turns around only to promptly get taken out by the monster.
- Heartwarming Moments:
- The scene where the family imagines Hyun-seo is with them and they all feed her..
- Hyun-seo doing anything she can to protect the young hobo child.
- Moment Of Awesome:
- When the creature is finally killed.
- Nam-joo firing that flaming arrow right into the monster's eye. What was especially special about that scene was how all of the BGM faded away, and all we heard was that arrow launching from the bow...
- Also, Nam-il gets a CMOA when he has to escape from the office building.
- Narm: The scene where the Park family mourns for Hyun-seo (who is still missing by the way) in the shelter. It's jarring that they ended up rolling on the floor while crying which makes the viewers wonder if they should find this scene sad or funny.
- Tear Jerker: This is one of the few movies that realizes just how tragic the Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever would be.
- The Park family's mourning Hyun-seo, before it starts going into Narm territory.
- Visual Effects of Awesome: Weta were involved. Bonus points for having a lower budget than District 9 (roughly 10 million in American Dollars).
- The Woobie:
- Gang-du. Loses his daughter, blamed by his siblings, and targeted for carrying an imaginary virus...even his victory over the creature costs him something big.
- Hyun-seo. Gets captured and trapped by the monster in an enclosed sewer space, missing her family and imagining the food she could eat when she escapes.