Spot wrote:BLANDCorporatio wrote:Sokrotes wrote:To allow such a unique story character be killed so fast and then turned into the same boring thing Ansom is, a pod person, is just bad story writing.
Well, depending upon one's angle of view, *most* people in the regular world are just-as-much "pod people" as Ansom is.
Want to know what it'd be like to meet a "pod person" like Ansom in real life? Simply take a trip down to the mall and look around, (or take a look in the mirror).
Nice rant, but true or not that has nothing to do with the term "pod person." The phrase as generally used comes from the novel The Body Snatchers and all the movie versions of same. It refers to a member of an alien race that has duplicated an existing person, turning the original body into dust in the process. The replacement looks outwardly the same as the original person, but has loyalty to its (new) alien race and lacks the emotions of the original.
Thus, we see that the phrase has particular resonance with Ansom and this story, and also that your comment is quite wrong to say that *most* people in the regular world are "pod people." If they are largely the same as when they grew up, and remain recognizable to their close friends and family, then they're not pod people, even if they are boring and/or closed-minded. Indeed, by this definition, it would be more appropriate (though still somewhat silly and offensive) to call someone a "pod person" who has rejected the values she grew up with and who no longer "seems like the same person" to her parents. That's almost entirely the reverse of your rant.
Feel free to use some more appropriate phrase than "pod person" when making your original point, which would apply when discussing zealots staying within their original instilled values or those with Ansom's current zeal of the converted.