The Books-to-Movie challenge for April is The Host by Stephanie Meyers. I realize it has been awhile since we have done a books-to-movie challenge and thought that The Host is a perfect way to start off with the challenges again. I have been very vocal about my dislike of the Twilight series by Stephanie Meyers but I devoured The Host the first time I read it, I think it shows that Meyers really can write. Originally released in 2008, The Host is a science-fiction novel set place in the present day Earth where we have been peacefully taken over by an alien race. The aliens are implanted into our bodies, eventually taking over our bodies and our consciousness disappears. But there are those humans who are still free and The Host is about one such individual, a rebel by the name of Melanie who is eventually caught by the aliens but the “soul” is implanted into her body she doesn’t shut down, leaving her body with to individuals in charge and aware of their circumstances.
Like I said, I devoured the book when I first got it but I have to admit it has been some years since I read it and I am interested in rereading it again.
The movie stars Saoirse Ronan (of The Lovely Bones) as Melanie/Wanda, Max Irons (of Red Riding Hood) as Jared and Jake Abel (of I Am Number Four) as Ian. I have to admit I love that the main characters are all played by actors(ress) who have starred in other books-to movie adaptations.
Some things to consider when reading/watching the film:
How does the first person narrative of the two main characters (Melanie and Wanda) translate from the book to the film? Do you think it works or is it just confusing?
What do you think about the change in the character of the seeker from the novel to the film?
What do you think of the casting of the characters? Are they believable or could it have been cast differently?
Overall thoughts and impressions?
I am very excited of this challenge so pull up a book, a bucket of popcorn, and let the fun begin!