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10 July 2010 @ 02:45 pm
The host, chapter 5  
Yep, still can't recap this thing normally. I wonder if I can keep this thing up for the next 55 chapter.


Comforter’s log: Case zzalpha-42


I finally received a visit from Wanderer today. She had cancelled her last three appointments. The poor dear had been avoiding me like Vogon poetry. I can’t imagine why, I even baked her cookies.

The subject is still not used to human life. She refuses to use human names because “It feels like a surrender.” I made sure to reassure her by praising her for 15 minutes. This brave soul sometimes forgets how wonderful she is if I don’t remind her. When faced with a situation always praise your subject incessantly. I find that that fixes any problem the subject may want to talk about without really talking about them.

I praised her about:

1) How brave she is.
2) How talented.
3) How smart
4) How everyone loves her at school as an honorary professor
5) How lucky we are to have her.
6) How much we appreciate having somebody with such a magnificent life
7) How everyone would wish to steal her away from us

I tried asking her about her host and she went to ask me a personal question. I, of course, answered, becoming sidetracked from our therapy session. Always let the subject control you. I made her aware of the secret body snatching operation. I told her about how kindly we controlled this race, using my and my partner’s hosts’ contacts, we tricked the humans and seized control over them. That made me want to mate with my partner Curt forever.

Wanda then allowed me to do my job and talked about her and her host. Turns out she cries over this Jared man every night and, worst of all, the wretched human host was still alive. The nerve of that meat sack! What a brave soul to be standing this all with such dignity.

I went ahead to suggest getting rid of her, but Wanderer wasn’t so keen. “It would be wasteful,” she just answered. I should have known somebody so brave and kind would be into recycling. I had to praise her some more because of that. Truly a lesser soul would have quit in the interest of self-preservation, but not our brave little Wanda. She then left my office and I had to pat myself on the back for a job well done. For truly she feels better after just praising her for an hour.

Signed,

Kathy


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This chapter annoyed me. The comforter couldn’t shut up about how amazing Wanderer was to properly do her job, in my opinion. And Wanderer was being a compendious bitch to this soul trying to make her feel better. Which would be fine, if I hadn’t been told a billion times how kind and wonderful she is. I just wanted to smak her.

You know what else? If I hadn’t read that little make out disaster, I would actually like Melanie. She was great on this chapter. She’s always throwing crap on Wanderer’s face and pissing her off. For instance Wandered gives us this moment:


But we were not wasteful. We did make whatever we took better, more peaceful and beautiful. And the humans were brutish and ungovernable. They had killed one another so frequently that murder had been an accepted part of life. The various tortures they’d devised over the few millennia they’d lasted had been too much for me; I hadn’t been able to bear even the dry official overviews. Wars had raged over the face of nearly every continent. Sanctioned murder, ordered and viciously effective. Those who lived in peaceful nations had looked the other way as members of their own species starved on their doorstep. There was no equality to the distribution of the planet’s bounteous resources. Most vile yet, their offspring—the next generation, which my kind nearly worshipped for their promise—had all too often been victims of heinous crimes. And not just at the hands of strangers, but at the hands of the caretakers they were entrusted to. Even the huge sphere of the planet had been put into jeopardy through their careless and greedy mistakes. No one could compare what had been and what was now and not admit that Earth was a better place thanks to us.

You murder an entire species and then pat yourselves on the back.

My hands balled up into fists.

I could have you disposed of, I reminded her.

Go ahead. Make my murder official.


Goddammit! Why did Meyer ruin Melanie for me? Plus, I have to repeat myself here, Wanderer is such a bitchy wimp, yet everyone goes on and on about how wonderful and brave she is that it’s making me sick. Just bite me!

Well, until next time.
 
 
Feeling: pissed offpissed off
 
 
 
zelda_queenzelda_queen on July 10th, 2010 10:36 pm (UTC)
Well, at least Meyer isn't totally oblivious to the human condition thing in this story.
Miss Shaolinashaolina on July 10th, 2010 11:34 pm (UTC)
Yeah, but I don't have hope it will last. After all, Wanderer is just wonderful, don't you love her? She's so brave and kind. Did I mentioned she's awesome? LOVE HER DAMMIT!!

You know, if we eliminated 75% of the "Wanderer is awesome comments, took out Ford, and changed the end of Melanie/Jared story... this book would be ok so far. The story is not that bad so far, just the same problems she always have.

Edited at 2010-07-10 11:35 pm (UTC)
zelda_queenzelda_queen on July 11th, 2010 12:27 am (UTC)
Yeah, sounds like a shame. Same ruts.
Miss Shaolinashaolina on July 11th, 2010 12:50 am (UTC)
It is. It may be crazy, but I do wish she would get at least a bit better. Take risks, try something different. She already has money and fame, it's not like she's got anything to lose.

I will give credit for something different though. This book is not really purple. It gets confusing and annoying at times, but no so purple it makes Barney look pink. Then again Jared is not officially here yet so maybe I should wait before saying that.
aikaterini: Mewtwo - Angeraikaterini on July 12th, 2010 01:55 am (UTC)
And here I thought that the human-bashing in the "Twilight" series was bad. Yes, Wanderer, how dare Melanie fight against a person who's trying to take over her mind and body without her consent? She should just lie back and give in, darn it! What, does this human think she has the right to free will or something? She's *only* human and humans are just so pathetic, aren't they?

Mrs. Meyer, your *readers* are human. Did you forget that particular detail while you were writing this? It's one thing to bemoan the constant failures of humanity; it's another to say that they're just so pitiful and weak that they deserve to have their free will and autonomy taken away from them.
Miss Shaolinashaolina on July 13th, 2010 02:16 am (UTC)
See, it would bother me less if all of this had a meaning. Science fiction, as far as I know, it's about human nature dealing with the ever changing future. The host could be an allegory to colonization and how one culture tends to take over another for "their good". Take for example Spain when America was dicovered. They took over the Tainos under false pretences. Some of them fought and ran like Melanie and the little rebellion and others took their place with the Spaniards and their religion (and thus assimilated).

I would be ok if this whole thing were about something like that, but it isn't. Meyer is too busy cribbing from Twilight that she can't make something new to her, something with actual meaning. That's why this book didn't sale well, in my opinion. The Sci-fi section is not full of squealing teenage fangirls, unlike the YA section (at least where I buy books). While not every Sci-fi book is good, it does require something more of its authors since the readers are, after all, older and wiser for the most part. Those are my 2 cents in the matter.

At the risk of sounding like a bitch, I could actually edit the plot out to something a bit better. Starting, of course, with that dreadful romance scene.