For my first entry, I decided to do a review on one of my favourite authors, (one of many). She has several books out and all have been made into movies to date. I must admit, I always prefer the books to the movies as they have much more detail.
I went to see “The Host” (Stephenie Meyer) in the theater, March 29, 2013. It was the opening day of the movie and it was the first time I’ve ever seen a movie on opening day. In addition, it was a gift from a couple of my best friends, who took me to see it for my birthday.
It’s been a few years since I read the book and I must admit, I wondered if I’d remember what I read as opposed to what I’d see on the big screen. It turns out, I did.
I must say that I did enjoy the movie very much and am happy to report that it was very close to the book I read. Stephenie Meyer continues her stance on having a movie made that is as close to her book as possible without changing scenes, dialog, etc. I admire her about that. So many movies are made that are based on a published book and many are very good movies, however, more often than not, they deviate from the book. That is always disappointing to me. If you’re going to make a movie based on the writings of an author, I prefer you try your best to keep it as close to the book as possible. I realize that most books are too long for a movie maker to include everything, but I applaud those who try their best to do so.
In the movie The Host, the only scene I recall that was missing (spoiler alert if you haven’t seen the movie), was where the doctor was trying to remove the alien invaders (called “Souls”) from the humans they had ‘kidnapped’. There were at least two Souls who realized what the humans were trying to do, and in the alien’s own defense, destroyed themselves and the hosts they occupied. This was how they dealt with threats to their existence.
I recently discovered that Stephenie Meyer is in the process of writing the second book to The Host; part of a trilogy, so I’ve learned. I really thought that The Host stood alone, but I’m glad to find out there’s more to come! I will be waiting patiently (not!) for book 2 to come out and will rush out to buy it when it does.
If you are a Stephenie Meyer fan and enjoy her books (i.e. the Twilight series), I encourage you to go out and see The Host in the theater.