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Stephenie Meyer’s The Host is coming to the big screen

With the end of the Twilight saga in sight men everywhere can take a sigh of relief that their girlfriends can no longer drag them to see another film based on a Stephenie Meyer book.  Well actually it’s not over yet.

The Host, Meyer’s other book, is about to be adapted into a movie and Saoirse Ronan is going to star in it.  Twilight fans will no doubt be delighted by the news, as the last film in the Twilight saga will be hitting cinemas soon.  However, following in Harry Potter’s shoes, Breaking Dawn will be split into two movies.

The Host does not actually take part in the Twilight universe.  It has its own unique story and is completely free of vampires.  The book tells the tale of an Earth that has been invaded by a race of aliens that take over host bodies and, in time, erase everything about the person and take over the body.  Although most of the world has been taken over, there are still rebels fighting against the alien invasion.  Wanderer, one of the aliens called souls, takes over the body of a rebel named Melanie Stryder, but is overwhelmed by the human mind and quickly learns she is not fully in control.  She grows fond of Melanie’s memories and searches to discover if Melanie’s loved ones are still alive.

As with Twilight, the film will follow the same plot as the book.  Though I’m not a fan of the book, it seems to me that Ronan does not fit the character description very well.  This isn’t uncommon with book to movie adaptations, but the age difference between Ronan and the character leads me to believe that the change was made to try maintain the young girl audience that Twilight brought in.  Ronan is 17 years old and the character is 20, which would probably have made the love story aspect a little mature for a 12 or 13 year old girl to understand.

I have to admit that the plot does sound interesting.  I think it’s clever that Meyer uses the idea of aliens taking over your body to explore body image.  The characters in the book are lucky to even have a body and it is shown that people took them for granted before losing them.  The book has received much praise, not nearly as much as Twilight, but at least feminists haven’t complained about this one, like they did about Twilight.  A release date for the film has yet to be announced, but perhaps the movie will cause a sequel to the book to be written.  Right now The Host is a standalone book and the end does leave it open for a sequel.

What do you think?  Is Saoirse Ronan right for the part?  Should Stephenie Meyer write a sequel to The Host?  Let me know by voting and leaving a comment below.  Also don’t forget to subscribe.

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3 responses

  1. Amy

    I think Stephanie Meyer should stay away from the big screen when the twilight saga is over. The host doesn’t sound good at all

    May 3, 2011 at 9:47 pm

  2. Amy is wrong!! The Host was an awesome story. Even before Twilight was made into a movie I though “The Host” would make a good movie. Glad they decided to bring it to the big screen!

    July 29, 2011 at 10:03 pm

  3. Amy

    The reason I think the host doesn’t sound good is because it isn’t original, sounds like invasion of the body snatchers!!!

    August 4, 2011 at 10:27 pm

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