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Fiction2Film: Zombies … an Oral History & a Love Story

In our Fiction 2 Film (F2F) posts, we will share news and tidbits we learn about author’s stories which have made the jump from paper to film.

~ Zombies … An Oral History ~

If you are a fan of zombie novels, you have already heard about Max BrooksWorld War Z film adaption starting Brad Pitt.  In fact, if you’re a major fan, you’ve already read the book.  But, have you heard the major changes to the story?  writing for Screen Rant.com discusses the fact that, although it is a “tricky narrative format to transfer to film” the main character, who in the book is a U.N. employee that interviews zombie apocalypse survivors on their experiences, will be quite different in the film.

Paramount’s announcement stated, “The story revolves around United Nations employee Gerry Lane (Pitt), who traverses the world in a race against time to stop the Zombie pandemic that is toppling armies and governments and threatening to decimate humanity itself.”  This is indeed a different take on the story.  How does author Max Brooks feel about the change?

He acknowledges how difficult it could be turning the book into a film during his interview with the Daily Record.  He admits, “It doesn’t have a main character, the storyline is told from a hundred different points of view, would be prohibitively expensive filming in all these different countries.”  He also realizes the challenge this brings saying, “You couldn’t pay me to turn it into a film.”  However, he doesn’t seem worried about the changes, but rather excited to see how it all turns out.  “I’m not involved so I just want to be able to enjoy watching the movie when it comes out,” he explained. “At least I know they did at least as much research into things as I did for the book.”  In his 26 Aug 2011 blog post, after visiting the set in Glasgow, Max stated, “While I’m still largely in the dark concerning the overall story, it was reassuring to hear from Brad Pitt and Marc Forster that their goal is to make a smart, deep, geopolitical movie. I trust their talent and their intentions and I look forward to seeing what they come up with.”  He also learned from the January 3rd LA Times article, that states, “Forster [the director] and Paramount Pictures each view “World War Z” as a trilogy that would have the grounded, gun-metal realism of, say, Damon’s Jason Bourne series tethered to the unsettling end-times vibe of AMC’s ‘The Walking Dead.'”  That’s a nice thought (for them financially), but will fans love the first film enough to support the making of a trilogy? 

‘World War Z’, the Fiction

“The end was near.” —Voices from the Zombie War

The Zombie War came unthinkably close to eradicating humanity. Max Brooks, driven by the urgency of preserving the acid-etched first-hand experiences of the survivors from those apocalyptic years, traveled across the United States of America and throughout the world, from decimated cities that once teemed with upwards of thirty million souls to the most remote and inhospitable areas of the planet. He recorded the testimony of men, women, and sometimes children who came face-to-face with the living, or at least the undead, hell of that dreadful time. World War Z is the result. Never before have we had access to a document that so powerfully conveys the depth of fear and horror, and also the ineradicable spirit of resistance, that gripped human society through the plague years.

Ranging from the now infamous village of New Dachang in the United Federation of China, where the epidemiological trail began with the twelve-year-old Patient Zero, to the unnamed northern forests where untold numbers sought a terrible and temporary refuge in the cold, to the United States of Southern Africa, where the Redeker Plan provided hope for humanity at an unspeakable price, to the west-of-the-Rockies redoubt where the North American tide finally started to turn, this invaluable chronicle reflects the full scope and duration of the Zombie War.

Most of all, the book captures with haunting immediacy the human dimension of this epochal event. Facing the often raw and vivid nature of these personal accounts requires a degree of courage on the part of the reader, but the effort is invaluable because, as Mr. Brooks says in his introduction, “By excluding the human factor, aren’t we risking the kind of personal detachment from history that may, heaven forbid, lead us one day to repeat it? And in the end, isn’t the human factor the only true difference between us and the enemy we now refer to as ‘the living dead’?”

Note: Some of the numerical and factual material contained in this edition was previously published under the auspices of the United Nations Postwar Commission.

‘World War Z’, the Film

Will the film be a hit among Brooks’ fans?  Zombie fans?  Pitt fans?  Only time will tell.

But, in E! News’ interview with actress Mireille Enos, who plays Pitt’s wife in the film, she said, “It’s like zombies are the new vampires.” And, it would seem she isn’t far off as we have seen the number of zombie-related books increase over the past year.  “It’s taking over. But somebody said to me this movie might end the zombie genre because, after this, what else is there to do? It’s huge!”  Now, this statement is not one with which I can agree.

I’ll watch the movie, I may even love it, but “end the zombie genre” because of its awesomeness?  Nah, probably not.  Romero has been doing good zombies for many, many years.  Others will surely follow.

‘World War Z’ is scheduled to hit theaters on, you guessed it, 12/21/12.  How apropos.

[Trailer can be viewed here.]

~ Zombies … A Love Story ~

Now, I have to admit that about a year ago, someone told me about a zombie romance and my first reaction was “Thanks, but no thanks.”  Then, I decided to give Isaac Marion‘s Warm Bodies a go.  The story is told from the perspective of R, a zombie who, try as he might, cannot remember much about his life before now.  Then, he meets his (living) sweetheart.  The book was a quick read, but one that proved in the end that Virgil may have had it right when he said, “Love conquers all things; let us too surrender to love.”

I was happily surprised to see on that Isaac’s book is also being adapted to film.  Unlike Brooks’ “fiction2film,” Marion’s appears to be more of a direct adaption than a variation on the story.  Although director Jonathan Levine is writing the script, he consulted with Marion during the process.

In an interview with Jonathan Liu, or “GeekDad” of Wired Magazine, he explained, I’ve not been directly involved as far as collaborating on it, but I’ve been consulted a lot, a lot more than what’s normal, from what I’m told. When they first hired the director he had lunch with me and just chatted about his ideas and vision for the whole thing, and he’s been interacting with me as he wrote the script. He’d call me up and ask me questions: what’s this part about, or how do you see this and that.

I read some draft of the script — I’m not sure how far along it was — and then I got to give notes on that, and later read another draft and gave some notes. It seems like they’re really respectful of my opinion and they seem to really care what I think, which is cool. Very unusual, from what I’m told. Even major best-selling authors who have all the clout in the world, sometimes they just tell them: “Get lost, we don’t care what you think. Just let us make this movie.” Everyone I’ve told about this who knows how that works has been amazed, that they actually have involved me.

Do you think that will make a difference to those who have read the book and watch the movie?  I know it will for me.  As much as I enjoy seeing a film director’s interpretation of a novel, sometimes I want to see the author’s original story, as is, on the big screen.  Of course, just because there has been so much director-author collaboration does not mean the film will be identical to the novel.  It is always hard to completely translate one to the other, yes?

Either way, Marion sounds excited about the film.  Although he did not have much say regarding the casting process, per the USA Today article, he didn’t see that as a problem because he wasn’t sure “how it would have been if [he] had hated them. But they worked out.”  He plans to watch the film in the theater instead of with the executives because “If something bad happened, [he] wouldn’t want them to see [him] cowering.”  That said, he wants to visit the production set as much as possible because, “The whole thing is fascinating and exciting.”   He may even try to “… sneak in the background and get eaten by a zombie.” 

‘Warm Bodies’, the Fiction

A zombie who yearns for a better life ends up falling in love—with a human—in this astonishingly original debut novel.

R is a zombie. He has no memories, no identity, and no pulse, but he has dreams. He doesn’t enjoy killing people; he enjoys riding escalators and listening to Frank Sinatra. He is a little different from his fellow Dead.

Not just another zombie novel, Warm Bodies is funny, scary, and deeply moving.

‘Warm Bodies’, the Film

As I said, it was initially hard for me to envision a zombie novel as a romance.  However, either Marion’s writing changed my perception or love really does affect us all – living or undead.  Marion can relate to our uncertainties about a romantic zombie.  “I didn’t want to sanitize him into something I called a zombie,” Marion says. “You watch him kill people and eat people and do horrific things zombies do. There’s a germ of change in there, so you hear him give his distaste for things but this is what we do.

“A lot of people can relate to that mindless repetition, that people do things they don’t want to do all the time. It’s the starting point for his character, and he develops an awareness for what his options are. It seemed natural to make him sympathetic because everyone’s been there at some point, in a place of misery and wanting to get out.”   The fact that R goes through his routines even while he dreads them was absolutely something to which I could relate.  It made him feel more real, I guess.

Teresa Palmer, who plays R’s love interest, Julie, says Nicholas Hoult is “… so beautiful to work with. He does such an incredible performance. He’s playing a zombie, so he can’t say much, but he’s very expressive with his eyes.”   And, he would have to be to pull this off.  The book is full of R’s internal dialogue, so  I’m very interested to see how that will be represented on screen.  I’ve certainly seen that work well in some and not in others.

I wasn’t going to say this because so many others are asking the same question, but after seeing this picture I feel I have to ask … Will these two be the new Edward & Bella?  It may not be too far fetched a question since Summit Entertainment, the production company behind Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight films, is also behind Marion’s film. The picture is certainly reminiscent of Twilight pics.  I’d say they should try to be more original, but on second thought, it was most likely intentional as they try to lure young adult paranormal romance readers into the theater.

‘Warm Bodies’ is scheduled to hit theaters on 8/10/12.

[To date, no official trailer exists, but you can view the book trailer here.]

Related posts: “Fiction2Film” feature on Stephenie Meyer’s ‘The Host’ and our “Zombie Awareness Month” posts

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2012 Movies to Watch Out For: REMAKES

Remakes are pretty popular with the movie-makers at the moment but not necessarily with movie-goers. Some are perfectly happy with the originals and let’s be honest, most remakes suck. Here are some of the remakes coming to the big screen in 2012.

Dredd

Action | Sci-Fi
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Remake of: Judge Dredd (1995)

Release month: US ~ September | UK ~ tbd

Synopsis: In a violent, futuristic city, the police have the authority to act as judge, jury and executioner.

Stars: Karl Urban (Star Trek) as Judge Dredd , Lena Headey (Game of Thrones)

Makers also worked on: I Am Number Four (2011), Never Let Me Go (2010), 28 Weeks Later (2007), Sunshine (2007)

News & Trivia: Filmed in South Africa. Currently in post-production. Estimated $45m budget.


Total Recall

Action | Sci-Fi | Adventure Photobucket

Remake of: Total Recall (1990)

Release month: US ~ August | UK ~ August

Synopsis: As the nation states Euromerica and New Shanghai vie for supremacy, a factory worker (Farrell) begins to suspect that he’s a spy, though he is unaware which side of the fight he’s on.

Stars: Colin Farrell (Phone Booth) as Doug Quaid / Hauser, Kate Beckinsale, Jessica Biel, Ethan Hawke, Bill Nighy

Makers also worked on: Fast & Furious 5 (2011), Die Hard 4.0 (2010), I Am Legend (2007), Underworld (2003)

News & Trivia: Currently in post-production. Preview of a Total Recall car.


Dark Shadows

Drama | Horror | Mystery Photobucket

Remake of: Dark Shadows (1966-71, TV show)

Release month: US ~ May | UK ~ May

Synopsis: A gothic-horror tale centering on the life of vampire Barnabas Collins and his run-ins with various monsters, witches, werewolves and ghosts. Based on the cult TV series.

In the year 1752, Joshua and Naomi Collins, with young son Barnabas, set sail from Liverpool, England to start a new life in America. But even an ocean was not enough to escape the mysterious curse that has plagued their family. Two decades pass and Barnabas (Johnny Depp) has the world at his feet-or at least the town of Collinsport, Maine. The master of Collinwood Manor, Barnabas is rich, powerful and an inveterate playboy…until he makes the grave mistake of breaking the heart of Angelique Bouchard (Eva Green). A witch, in every sense of the word, Angelique dooms him to a fate worse than death: turning him into a vampire, and then burying him alive. Two centuries later, Barnabas is inadvertently freed from his tomb and emerges into the very changed world of 1972. He returns to Collinwood Manor to find that his once-grand estate has fallen into ruin. The dysfunctional remnants of the Collins family have fared little better…

Stars: Johnny Depp as Barnabas, Helena Bonham Carter, Michelle Pfeiffer, Eva Green, Alice Cooper

Makers also worked on: Rango (2011), Inception (2010), Sleepy Hollow (1999)

News & Trivia: Directed by Tim Burton. Screenplay by Seth Grahame-Smith, author of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies and Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, both of which are being turned into feature films. Currently in post-production.


Pick of the Lot:

DARK SHADOWS

This is the one I want to see. The infamous threesome of Tim Burton, his other half Helena Bonham-Carter and friend Johnny Depp are always up to something interesting. I loved Sleepy Hollow, it’s one of my favourites. I’ve also never seen the original TV show or any of the reincarnations since then which is perhaps why I’m looking forward to it the most. You see, I’m still quite fond of the original movies of Total Recall and Judge Dredd even though they’re not the best films and haven’t aged particularly well.

Why We Can’t Have Great Movies

Universal Studios chief Ron Meyer recently made a startling admission:

“We make a lot of shitty movies.”




In a speech made at the Savannah Film Festival Meyer made some very candid remarks regarding past and future movies. Here’s a summary of what he said:

Less 3-D

3-D is only suitable for a small number of movies where it can add to the viewing experience.

Who cares about winning awards when there’s money to be made

“It’s great to win awards and make films that you’re proud of and make money, but your first obligation is to make money and then worry about being proud of what you do.” “But we did A Beautiful Mind, and I don’t know that we’d do A Beautiful Mind again. That’s the sad part.”

Low risk, medium budgets and average movies

“None of us would be able to do, or afford, what Jim Cameron was able to do with Avatar,” that kind of project is just too high risk which is why he recently turned down Ron Howard’s adaptation of Stephen King’s The Dark Tower. For such a huge budget ($200m) he was worried about what they could make back on that investment. Clearly, from the past 5 years only Fast Five, Despicable Me and The Bourne Ultimatum grossed over $200m at the Box Office so it’s a legitimate worry despite interest from King fans.

Humanity on screen

Interested in making movies which show how great the human spirit is in the face of adversity.

New sources of revenue?

  • Meyer would like to see if he can make money from Video-on-demand -making the movie available to download only a couple of weeks after they are released in theaters for a premium price of say $59.99. Unfortunately his attempt to do this with Tower Heist did not succeed due to fierce opposition from theater owners.
  • There are plans to build more Harry Potter-themed amusement parks to capitalize on its success.



So, really in these hard economic times, Meyer is saying he hates the fact that he’s made crappy movies in the past but he can’t afford to take huge risks by spending enormous amounts of money on a project, not even if he believes it would be a multi-award winner because that doesn’t bring in the big bucks. Instead he’s looking to spend the least amount of money on using readily available techniques showing middle of the road fare aimed at family (or teenaged, at the oldest) audiences. He’s not willing to reach for the stars or develop innovative movies which could put them on the map.

If other production companies take Universal’s view, then perhaps this is why there are so few great movies these days. Few are willing to take a risk.

Battle of 2012: Snow White vs. Snow White

Mirror, Mirror

MARCH 2012

An evil queen steals control of a kingdom and an exiled princess enlists the help of seven resourceful rebels to win back her birthright.

Julia Roberts – Evil Queen
Lily Collins – Snow White
Sean Bean – The King
Also starring: Nathan Lane

vs.

Snow White and the Huntsman

JUNE 2012

In a twist to the fairy tale, the Huntsman ordered to take Snow White into the woods to be killed winds up becoming her protector and mentor in a quest to vanquish the Evil Queen.

Kristen Stewart – Snow White
Chris Hemsworth – The Huntsman
Charlize Theron – Queen Ravenna
Also starring: Ian McShane, Ray Winstone, Lily Cole, Bob Hoskins


The Winner?

SNOW WHITE AND THE HUNTSMAN

For me, this is the one I want to watch. Gothic, action-packed, exciting plus fantastic actors make this a must-watch movie. I can’t wait!

“This is a New War” ~ Underworld: Awakening in 2012

“This is a new war…”

Underworld: Awakening, starring the beautiful Kate Beckinsale, will air in US theaters on 20 January 2012. In this edition of Underworld, Selene wakes up to a “new world” where the humans are at war with vampires and lycans. From the preview clip, Selene is on the hunt for Michael (played by Scott Speedman), the vamp-lycan hybrid from Underworld: Evolution. Read ShockTillYouDrop.com’s report on their visit to the set.

Synopsis from Comingsoon.net:

“Underworld Awakening” brings a stunning new dimension to the epic battle between Vampires and Lycans, as the first film in the franchise to shoot in 3D.

Kate Beckinsale, star of the first two films, returns in her lead role as the vampire warrioress Selene, who escapes imprisonment to find herself in a world where humans have discovered the existence of both Vampire and Lycan clans, and are conducting an all-out war to eradicate both immortal species.






Upcoming Kenyon Movies, TV Shows and Webisodes!

Sherrilyn Kenyon, prolific paranormal authoress appears to have gone into showbusiness, well her books have.

Posted on Facebook on July 30, 2011:

We don’t have a release date nor do we know who any of the cast will be. Sherri has no control over the casting or the music chosen. They will consult her, but ultimately, it will be in the hands of Amber. She won’t be writing the scripts as she says it’s not her area of expertise and she’s not vain enough to think for one minute that she could do a screenplay justice. However, she will be working closely with the script writer and production staff to keep the movies and TV shows as close to the books as possible.

As always, we will keep everyone posted as soon as we have more information.

Thanks,
Carl
MB Staff

It appears that Kenyon has signed up to a partnership deal with Amber Entertainment to bring her back catalogue to the screen. The first up for adaptation is the Chronicles of Nick which begins with Infinity and will be made into a movie. It’s the young adult spin-off series from the Dark-Hunter adult series which, according to nFamous, will be the second project, turning it into a TV show and the Were Hunters will become an animated series.

All of these series share storylines and characters who all appear in the Dark-Hunter Universe so it’s difficult to see how these books/series, most of which are not suitable for younger audiences (Were-Hunters into an animated series -for children, I assume? That’s not right, surely?) can be split up into separate projects. I understand Kenyon is to be a producer with Ileen Maisel (Inkheart, The Golden Compass) and will be consulted but won’t have full control over how her works are interpreted so it’s hard to imagine there’ll be much left of the originals once plotlines and character backgrounds have been untangled, unravelled, reconstituted and edited enough to be appropriate for the screen. Unless they plan to have some sort of continuity between projects but I worry there won’t be enough left for fans to recognise once we sit down to watch the results.

Amber’s previous projects include transferring the very popular Inkheart (movie) and The Golden Compass (movie) young adult books from page to screen, combined they have 77,000 ratings on IMDB.com with similar average ratings of 6/10, with many critics and fans panning the adaptations. Due to their negative receptions there were no movie sequels despite there being plenty of material as both were part of trilogies. We’ll have to wait and see if the Kenyon projects do any better.

“May the odds be ever in your favor!” ~ Hunger Games Movie News

The Poster

Prepare to be wowed! Click on the poster below and it will take you to an absolutely stunning motion poster! You have to see it to believe it.

Entertainment Weekly ~ The Boys

We saw Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss in an issue of last month‘s Entertainment Weekly, this month we’ve got the boys 21-year-old Liam Hemsworth as Gale and 18-year-old Josh Hutcherson as Peeta.

[Source: Photos]

The Soundtrack

12-time Grammy winner T Bone Burnett (Cold Mountain, Walk the Line) will team up with award-winning composer Danny Elfman (have you seen a Tim Burton movie? Or any movie really, he’s done them all it seems) to produce the score and soundtrack to The Hunger Games.

A Message From Suzanne Collins (posted on Facebook)

“Now that the filming of The Hunger Games has begun, I’ve been getting a lot of questions about the script, so I thought I might share a little of my experience with you. Back in early 2010, Color Force and Lionsgate began the process of adapting the book to the screen and I wrote the first draft of the script. After that, we brought on veteran screenwriter Billy Ray to further develop the piece. Not only has he written and directed excellent films like Shattered Glass and Breach, he was a complete pleasure to work with. Amazingly talented, collaborative, and always respectful of the book. His adaptation further explored the world of Panem and its inhabitants. As though I wasn’t lucky enough, Oscar-nominated filmmaker Gary Ross, known for his wonderful works such as Seabiscuit and Pleasantville, came on board. As part of his creative process, he wrote a subsequent draft which incorporated his incredible directorial vision of the film. And then he very generously invited me in to work with him on it. We had an immediate and exhilarating creative connection that brought the script to the first day of shooting. Of course, the piece will naturally continue to evolve through the filming, as the actors bring the characters to life, as the entire crew brings their significant talents to the piece, as the editors work with Gary to best realize his vision. The final draft will be on the screen next March.

So that’s been the script process, and as an author, I’m truly grateful for the journey.

May the odds be ever in your favor!

Suzanne Collins

J.K. Rowling Fans Squeeeeeee ~ “The Owls are Gathering” & New Clip for HP7 Pt 2

POTTERMORE?

You have to hand it to J.K. Rowling! She certainly knows how to get her fans squeeeeein’. She’s announced, “The Owls are Gathering”, for what, we do not yet know. If you visit Pottermore.com, you’ll see a pretty pink site with owls perched on each side of the page. Click on either of the owls and it takes you to her YouTube countdown page, which at my last viewing was counting down from 3 days 11 hours 25 minutes and 20 seconds.

Countdown to what? That is the big question that has everyone speculating on Rowling’s newest project. While searching for different thoughts on the project, you’re sure to find yourself over at Clube do Slugue and/or the Harry Potter Forum where, for years apparently, they have been trying to guess what Pottermore is all about – online role-playing game? fan site? HP encyclopedia? No one knows for sure. You can subscribe to the YouTube announcement page and follow @Pottermore on Twitter for more official updates. From what I can tell, her official website offers no hints (but it is a fun, interactive site).

A book or not a book? Well, Rowling’s PR company Stonehill Salt told the Guardian on 16 June that the new project was not a new book. “All we can say is that Pottermore is the name of JK Rowling’s new project. It will be announced soon, and it is not a new book,” said a spokesperson. However, many may remember Rowling’s interview with Oprah in 2010 when she said “[The characters] are all still in my head. I mean, I could write. I could definitely write an eight, ninth, 10th. I could, easily.”

On a side-note: I saw that interview and was touched by Rowling’s past, her reasons for writing Harry’s story and very much enjoyed seeing deeper inside the amazing woman behind the series. If you missed, you should pop over to Oprah’s site and read the transcript.

Whatever Pottermore turns out to be, seems we’ll all find out together in … 3 days and counting.
What’s your guess??

In the meantime …


This past week another clip, said to be the final one (we’ll see) until Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 premieres on 17 July, hit the web. This one is quite wicked. And, it seems Harry sees dead people.

I haven’t finished reading the books, so I’m excited to find out how it all ends. Those that have read the books and watched the movies, how well do you think the films portrayed the story? Well done? We’d love to hear your thoughts!


To test or refresh your HP knowledge, be sure to check out the books or any one of these sites:

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (Harry Potter, #1) Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Harry Potter, #2) Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (Harry Potter, #3) Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Harry Potter, #4) Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Harry Potter, #5) Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (Harry Potter, #6) Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Harry Potter, #7)

QUIZZES: Are you a Potterphile? and Beyond Abracadabra: Do You Know These Magical Spells?

HP 101: Character Guide and From Animagi to Zonko’s: The Harry Potter Glossary

Related Posts @ Random Musings:
“It All Ends” ~ Harry Potter, the Final Chapter

New Clip: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2

Fiction2Film: Stephenie Meyer’s Next Film Project ~ ‘The Host’

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In our Fiction 2 Film (F2F) posts, we will share news and tidbits we learn about author’s stories which have made the jump from paper to film.


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.

Goodreads readers have rated the book and overall average of 3.90✭, as you can see in the full breakdown in the graphic below.
GR Ratings Breakdown

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?


The Host is available at these retailers: Amazon | BookDepository | B&N | Audible

Prepare for ‘The Green Lantern’

Ryan Reynolds *sigh* is starring in the Warner Bros. adaptation of The Green Lantern. The film premieres (US & UK) this Friday, 17 June. Here are some tidbits and clips to get ya ready for some superhero world savin’.

❝In the brightest day. In the blackest night.❞



In a universe as vast as it is mysterious, a small but powerful force has existed for centuries. Protectors of peace and justice, they are called the Green Lantern Corps. A brotherhood of warriors sworn to keep intergalactic order, each Green Lantern wears a ring that grants him superpowers. But when a new enemy called Parallax threatens to destroy the balance of power in the Universe, their fate and the fate of Earth lie in the hands of their newest recruit, the first human ever selected: Hal Jordan. Hal is a gifted and cocky test pilot, but the Green Lanterns have little respect for humans, who have never harnessed the infinite powers of the ring before. But Hal is clearly the missing piece to the puzzle, and along with his determination and willpower, he has one thing no member of the Corps has ever had: humanity. With the encouragement of fellow pilot and childhood sweetheart Carol Ferris, if Hal can quickly master his new powers and find the courage to overcome his fears, he may prove to be not only the key to defeating Parallax… he will become the greatest Green Lantern of all.

Starring:

Ryan Reynolds Blake Lively Mark Strong Angela Bassett

Ryan Reynolds ….. Hal Jordan
Blake Lively …….. Carol Ferris
Peter Sarsgaard … Hector Hammond
Mark Strong …….. Sinestro
Angela Bassett ….. Dr. Amanda Waller
Tim Robins ……… Senator Hammond

Directed By: Martin Campbell

Official Trailer & “Welcome to Oa” clip



There are many other spots to get more info, here are just a few:


Watch Ryan Reynolds Battle Parallax In 8 Minutes Of Green Lantern Footage shared by Josh Tyler on CinemaBlend.com.
☞ Check out Warner Bros. Official Green Lantern site which offers links to games and other Green Lantern fun to be had.
☞ Visit the Green Lantern Facebook page
☞ Watch more clips @ Yahoo Movies

Per Wikipedia: The Green Lantern is the shared primary alias of several fictional characters, superheroes appearing in comic books published by DC Comics. The first Green Lantern (Alan Scott) was created by writer Bill Finger and artist Martin Nodell in All-American Comics #16 (July 1940).