‘The Host’–Stephanie Meyer, *rolls eyes*

What did I expect? As soon as I saw who this crap was written by in the end credits, it all made sense.

At least four major themes are at play in this movie–colonization, utopia and in dystopia in the white imagination, victimization, and non-violence.

What’s wrong with that, right? Since everybody doesn’t think like me, here are two points to keep this article in prospective:

  • the fantasy of a united”human race” versus an invasive fictional alien race
  • the white race versus everybody else

1. Colonization

The secret is revealed that in order to get a soul out of a person’s body, you have to speak to it with love, ask it to vacate the premises.

Because of course gently coaxing an oppressive, highly invasive alien life form out of your body would be that easy. I’m not buying it. Black women have been asking nicely and demanding that white people, in particular, cease their hostilities against us as invasive and relentless oppressors, but to no avail. So deal with my inability to suspend my disbelief, my outright refusal to accept this movie’s plot.

A good twist would’ve featured them asking a soul very nicely to leave someone’s body, coaxing with all the love in their heart, and then having the soul flat out refusing and stabbing them with a scalpel.

Was I really supposed to sympathize with these aliens?

By Meyer’s reckoning, its totally okay, peaceful, and polite to invade somebody’s planet (country, nation, or home), take over their bodies against their will, and expect them to ask you nicely to leave while you sit back and wait for their race to die out while claiming that you’re bettering them with occupation and brutal colonization procedures.

2. Utopia and dystopia in the white imagination

This point is purely here for me to point out the fact that white people LOOOOVVVE writing and get all excited over stories like The Host where we’re all portrayed as united as the “human race” against an alien invader. What they fail to mention or imagine in any reasonable way is the fact that, for example, it wasn’t so long ago that whites didn’t even view Black people as human and wrote and enforced laws to express this for their own gain, their delusions of superiority, and for one of the most disgusting, well-documented, and savagely purposeful instigations of enslaving one race in history–laws which still effect all of us today. Instead they romanticize themselves as liberators and equalists, then create fictionalized “common enemies” for all humans to unite against when in real life they themselves are the most hated oppressors of them all.

To the ones they oppress, their ideas of a utopia and dystopia are really no different from one another. In both of these imagined world types, we play second fiddle, get the shit end of the stick, remain nameless background extras or sidekicks. And this is my usual conclusion when seeing/reading movies/books like The Host.

3. Victimization

One of the biggest problems in the execution of the ideas presented in this story is the idea that we’re supposed to view these invasive other life forms, called ‘souls’, as just as much the victims as the humans whose planet they have invaded. This is evidenced as we’re forced to deal with Soul Wanderer’s horror over the deaths of her fellow souls being forcibly removed from people’s bodies by Doc (Scott Lawrence).

I find it ironic that the “souls” are little globs of WHITE light. The whiteness suggests innocence, purity, divinity, and goodness to dissuade viewers from completely labeling them as the enemy. Imagine if they were black, brown, or purple lights instead. In the same way that my Blackness is pathologized as violent, dirty, and savage, viewers are in a continuous indoctrination of viewing whiteness as innocent and nonthreatening in all forms of media and ideology. The souls are treated as well-meaning life forms, the victims of humans, alien life forms who apparently eventually colonize their way into the human race by the end of the movie.

The real victims here (humans) are put in the position of sympathizing with an oppressive alien race in order to massage them into any degree of justice, understanding, and equality, much in the same way that Black women are expected to sympathize with white/non-white oppressors. We are urged to view the souls as victims as well, when it is the souls who committed the first act of wrongdoing by taking away the autonomy of the humans of Earth for their own purposes and sense of superiority.

4. Non-violence

Someone once said that non-violence only works if the oppressor has a conscience. That when they (the oppressor) see the suffering they are causing they will be moved to stop it.

Again, the secret is revealed that in order to get a soul out of a person’s body, you have to speak to it with love, ask it to vacate the premises.

Its not so much the concept in action as it is the thinking (or lack thereof) that went into this movie that’s the problem here. I’m all for non-violence. However, I do not love my oppressors and if asking them nicely to stop their violence and leave actually worked in real life, we’d live in a different world. I think its just another form of violence against the real victims to ask them to be kind to and love their oppressors, to cajole and speak sweetly them. The movie even goes so far as to suggest the humans fighting the souls instead of being nice to them is the problem instead of placing the blame squarely on the invading souls where it belongs.

Do your research, kids

If I had known that The Host was written by Stephanie Meyer, I never would have watched the movie. I literally feel the time that was taken off my life at the moment I got to the end credits and saw this lady’s name there.

Do your research, folks-who-are-tired-of-watching-stupid-white-shit. And pay attention to the opening credits, I mean really read the names that you see. It might save you some time if you are, too, a person of intuition and experience with racist-white fantasy-trash like me.

More to come on the movie since I did in fact watch it and need to use it as jumping off point for why I’m tired of watching movies about white people and their warped sense of reality.

‘Twilight’, smdh, Stephanie Meyer, you are about a decade too late to catch me with this one

After studying the covers of books and reading their synopsis and a number of reviews, I can literally tell before I open it, sometimes before I touch it, whether or not it’s worth it or it’s shit. The moment that I saw the cover of Twilight, I knew it wasn’t worth shit. Let people belittle my sixth sense. I don’t give a damn.

Sometimes you can’t tell anything from the cover of a book. But other times, especially as the market is becoming more and more predictable, not only can you read the cover, you get a “sensation” of what could possibly be going on within the pages.

Let’s read the cover of Twilight, shall we:

  • Pasty white hands—this book is about pretty white people with problems.
  • Apple—forbidden fruit, pop angsty, horny teenagers. The color red, interesting. (keeping in mind that I already knew this was YA book)
  • Title/background/white lettering—‘Twilight’, black background, gothic, pop angsty, vampires because ‘the freaks’ come out at night, of course

Stephanie Meyer, you are a decade too late to catch me up with this, honey. I stopped reading historical romance and YA/teen fiction a long time ago.

If such horrifyingly boring, overdone, rip-off Romeo/Juliet, abusive, macho, love-triangle bullshit can be derived from the books, then the books suck by my reckoning.

I literally fell asleep during every.single.movie. (watched online, free)

Me: Hey Shauna—wanna watch the rest of your favorite movie, Twilight? [we both fell asleep on them the night before]

My Sister: Heh. That’s funny. [walks away]

Wrap-Up:

  1. Neither of the leads in these movies can act. It’s painful to watch.
  2. I found it very metaphorical that there are so many scenes where we’re in Bella’s trunk and not only is she not driving, Edward at some point pops his pasty ass into the driver’s side window and takes the wheel from her. Bella’s entire life revolves around Edward or her rebound, Jacob.  Has no life and personality and it’s very frustrating to watch. I found this more offensive than anything else.
  3. So many of Bella’s scenes are in bed and/or with Edward. It’s like the rest cure in Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s “The Yellow Wallpaper”…only portrayed as romantic. When it’s really just creepy and disgusting.
  4. Why is Edward over 100-years old and stalking a teenage girl???
  5. We’re not even going to get into portrayals of POC in the films, but, for example, why are all the lycanthropes almost cookie-cutouts of each other, right down to what their wearing???
  6. Why are these vampires so old and yet they can’t control themselves over a little drop of blood???
  7. Stephanie Meyer came up with the concept of glittering vampires when she was staring at her cell phone jewel bling—I’m convinced.
  8. I don’t even want to start a commentary on why so many teens like Twilight. I don’t even want to start a commentary on why so many adults like Twilight, which might be worse. People hate that Harry Potter might someday be included in literary anthologies, or doubt that it will be. All I can say is that if this is the literature of future generations, then we need to be concerned about the world’s children.

WhatEva, I don’t have any more brain cells to waste on this.

Yours,

queen