Fiction2Film: Stephenie Meyer’s Next Film Project ~ ‘The Host’
If you are not a fan of Stephenie Meyer‘s Twilight Saga, you just may find The Host to be more to your liking. On her website, she calls Host, “Science fiction for people who don’t like science fiction”. She also quotes Jane Jorgenson’s review, with Library Journal, who states, “As with her vampire novels, Meyer will make new fans of readers ‘who don’t read books with aliens.'”
Similar in size to her Twilight books, The Host weighs in at a whopping 619 pages. The book is available in hardcover and paperback formats, published by Little, Brown and Company in May of 2008, with an initial print run of 750,000 copies. ‘The Host’ debuted at #1 on the New York Times Best Seller list, and remained on the list for 26 weeks.
I rated it 4✭ and found it much more to my liking than her vampire series, which I enjoyed as well. The Host was Stephenie’s first adult novel. Since it’s release her fans have been waiting for the sequels. In November 2009, Stephenie stated, “I’d like to eventually have The Host be part of a trilogy.” Book #2, The Soul and book #3, The Seeker are both listed at Goodreads as “potential sequels”, expected in 2012. However, Stephenie doesn’t mention either on her website. I guess fans will just have to settle with the movie for now.
‘The Host’, the Fiction
Melanie Stryder refuses to fade away. The earth has been invaded by a species that takes over the minds of their human hosts while leaving their bodies intact, and most of humanity has succumbed.
Wanderer, the invading “soul” who has been given Melanie’s body, knew about the challenges of living inside a human: the overwhelming emotions, the too-vivid memories. But there was one difficulty Wanderer didn’t expect: the former tenant of her body refusing to relinquish possession of her mind.
Melanie fills Wanderer’s thoughts with visions of the man Melanie loves – Jared, a human who still lives in hiding. Unable to separate herself from her body’s desires, Wanderer yearns for a man she’s never met. As outside forces make Wanderer and Melanie unwilling allies, they set off to search for the man they both love.
Featuring what may be the first love triangle involving only two bodies, The Host is a riveting and unforgettable novel that will bring a vast new readership to one of the most compelling writers of our time.
‘The Host’, the Film
On September 23, 2009, Stephenie alerted fans, “Hey guys, great news! The Host is on its way to the big screen.” Since then, news has been trickling out. In April 2010, GalleyCat updated everyone by saying the film was in pre-production and casting calls had begun.
Over the past few months, we learned from Variety, the film was a hot item at the Cannes Film Festival. According to Deadline.com, 17-year-old “The Lovely Bones” and “Hanna” star, Saoirse Ronan will play the main character, Melanie Stryder, a 20-year-old human girl whose mind is invaded by a parasitic alien. However, according to the 12 May alert at The Host Movie News, the young actress is “still in talks and is not confirmed for any role yet. Saoirse is quoted, in this Dublin radio interview, saying, ““We’re in talks – it’s not confirmed yet. It seems that way but it’s not confirmed yet. Hopefully it’ll work out. It’s actually an amazing concept and the book is too”. MovieMuse believes, “The good news is that Andrew Niccol has been on scripting duties. He’s got a great pedigree in producing thinking man’s science fiction, having scripted the likes of Gatacca, The Truman Show and the upcoming Now (which he’s also directed). Nanny McPhee and the Big Bang director Susanna White signed up to direct a couple of months ago, but Deadline suggests it may actually Niccol who ends up behind the camera.” The film’s release date remains in a To-Be-Announced status.
Here’s a fan-made movie trailer ~ Everyone’s anxious for the official one
I’ll be watching, will you?