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The Story arc

Postby Cocoa » Fri Sep 19, 2008 1:29 pm

Discuss the plot of the story your overall impressions, the suprises along the way...ect...
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Re: The Story arc

Postby sinamongurl » Sun Sep 21, 2008 1:15 pm

i was very surprised about the myths that stephenie wrote about that were not truth

ie: sparkling skin in the sun, no silver bullets, crosses, or garlic

did she do research for this or were these things that are already common knowledge?
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Re: The Story arc

Postby ashleygill03 » Sun Sep 21, 2008 11:12 pm

I really liked the Host, but it took a while for me to get into it.

The biggest surprise for me in this novel was that the group decided not to kill Wanda, and to put her into another Host body. I really didn't see that one coming.
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Re: The Story arc

Postby Morrigan » Mon Sep 22, 2008 12:56 am

hum..

it was clever to use the ruse of an alien life form to transgress the question of who we are and what we are supposed to be.


when you break it down, the aliens were very helpful on all other planets because all other hosts had a different form of conciousness. most already were mentally linked or lived in hive/coven type atmospheres.

humans pride themselves on individuality.

i LOVED the fact that there were other aliens who assimilated to the human perspective at the end. the fact that even ones who live(d) in a structured "perfect world" setting still broke out of a mold and found a voice. it was ok that everyone else wanted to be in their social structures, WANDA even often spoke of how much easier it was to be in that mindset... where everyone was honest, pure, connected...

but thats not always enough.

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Re: The Story arc

Postby threethings » Mon Nov 10, 2008 7:30 pm

I'm sorry, this is not the place to post this...........but there's no where better.

My sis was watching Spider-man 3 on the treadmill and mentioned that it reminds her of The Host in the way that Peter's professor says (when he is looking under the microscope at the black stuff)......"this stuff needs to bond to a host to survive,". Now thinking of it, that is very relevant.
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Re: The Story arc

Postby vampirechick101 » Sun Nov 16, 2008 6:48 pm

I loved how Stephenie Meyer made the surprice of Wanda made the choice to go look for Melanie's family
It was also kind of surpricing how Ian fell in love with Wanda since that isn't supposed to happen :D
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Re: The Story arc

Postby cedwardrox » Sun Nov 16, 2008 8:35 pm

ashleygill03 wrote:I really liked the Host, but it took a while for me to get into it.

The biggest surprise for me in this novel was that the group decided not to kill Wanda, and to put her into another Host body. I really didn't see that one coming.


I totally agree. The Host was amazing, but it took a long while until I was hooked. I mean Twilight got me on the first line of the preface, where as The Host took chapters for me to be addicted.

I'm glad Wanda didn't die. I was crying when I thought she was going to die. I'm not to keen on Pet's body though. I wish they got a different body.
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Re: The Story arc

Postby threethings » Sun Nov 16, 2008 8:38 pm

cedwardrox wrote:
ashleygill03 wrote:I really liked the Host, but it took a while for me to get into it.

The biggest surprise for me in this novel was that the group decided not to kill Wanda, and to put her into another Host body. I really didn't see that one coming.


I totally agree. The Host was amazing, but it took a long while until I was hooked. I mean Twilight got me on the first line of the preface, where as The Host took chapters for me to be addicted.

I'm glad Wanda didn't die. I was crying when I thought she was going to die. I'm not to keen on Pet's body though. I wish they got a different body.


My sister just started reading it and isn't so hooked, yet. I'm trying to convince her that it gets MUCH better if she just keeps readin'. . . . . . . . But she just forgets about it.
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Re: The Story arc

Postby kkswmmr114 » Fri Dec 12, 2008 3:24 pm

I kept wondering what the plot was supposed to be. Halfways through I thought that the story had been told, what else is she going to talk about for 300 more pages?? That is just how SM writes though... I think her writing is kinda slow to get to the point, and then the point isn't that much of a surprise. I wasn't surprised by much... I knew that they were going to put her into another host body. I just didn't see any other way. Maybe that is the English major coming out in me... I'm able to predict just about every work I read. I thought it was a very enjoyable story though. I would have liked a little more action, but then again I think that is SM's writing style- most of the action is psychological rather than physical.
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Re: The Story arc

Postby G-Faerie08 » Sun Dec 14, 2008 12:02 am

I was skeptical at first when the book first came out because I do not like reading sci-fi at all. But since it was Stephenie Meyer and i loved the Twilight saga, I thought I would give it a try..I didn't buy it until actually a month ago and it took a while for me to read because of being in school..but I really loved this book!! At first I was really confused and there are still some parts that confuse me like, why these souls were invading Earth and inhabiting humans..To me it was like stealing and murder..

Other than that, I thoroughly enjoyed it and I can't wait to see what else SM comes up with. Never has an author captured me like this before. Some people complain about SM's writing but I love it because she doesn't try to drown the story in an advanced vocabulary just to make herself seem smarter as a writer..

And I hope I was not the only one, but with the last 10 chapters of the book, I was freaking bawling my eyes out. It was hard to keep reading because after I would wipe my eyes, they teared up again. :lol:
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