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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 the host novelalien 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!

law booksAs you may have noticed, Novel Reaction has not been posting as regularly as we usually do. All I can say is that sometimes life happens. Novel Reaction is a labor of love, goodness knows I don’t make any money off this site but I love books, I love talking about books, sharing about books and I especially love getting books in the mail. But despite that love, sometimes real life gets in the way of the things that we love. I (Jessica) am currently preparing to take the Arizona Bar (for the second time) next week, I had all these good intentions of having scheduled postings already done so you the reader wouldn’t notice but obviously that has not happened.

Not only have I been neck deep in legal textbooks, one of the main contributors (Jocee) has recently joined the workforce after being a stay-at-home mom for seven years. This means all those wonderful mystery reviews she used to provide have been put on the back burner while she adjusts to working and being mom to her three children (who are also big readers).

Another great contributor (Jillian) is a full-time college student, working two part-time jobs to pay for it and is now planning for her wedding this summer. Needless to say, she is a little busy right now and not reading as much as she used to. We are very excited for her.

What does all this mean for Novel Reaction? Well, after next week (when I will be trapped in a room with hundreds of other stressed out individuals) Novel Reaction will be back to regular postings but probably not as many (so one review a week instead of three). I am looking forward to bringing back the Books-to-Movie Challenge, so many great books to movies coming out this year including Beautiful Creatures, The Host, and Mortal Instruments. So please be patient with us as we adjust to our new life changes.


I was perusing the interwebs when I came across the new trailer for  the movie adaptation of The Host by Stephanie Meyers, this led me to several other Young Adult novels that are getting the big screen adaptation so I thought I would share them with all of you. While I am not a Twilight fan (Bella is WAAYYY too whiny) I absolute love The Host  and am very interested to see the film. Are there any books to movies that you are looking forward to?


We also get to look forward to Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl

Mortal Instruments: City of Bones by Cassadra Clare

Novel Reaction is excited to be once again doing the Books-to-Movie Challenge. This month we are going to be reading and watching John Carter by Edgar Rice Burroughs. Originally published as a serial novel in 1912, A Princess of Mars is the first book in the Barsoom series. There are eleven books in the series with the last one being published in 1943. The books are all public domain, meaning there are no rights retained by the author’s estate, so you can get the first book free here.

In the spring of 1866, John Carter, a former Confederate captain prospecting for gold in the Arizona hills, slips into a cave and is overcome by mysterious vapors. He awakes to find himself naked, alone, and forty-eight million miles from Earth—a castaway on the dying planet Mars. Taken prisoner by the Tharks, a fierce nomadic tribe of sixlimbed, olive-green giants, he wins respect as a cunning and able warrior, who by grace of Mars’s weak gravity possesses the agility of a superman. He also wins the heart of fellow-prisoner Dejah Thoris, the alluring, red-skinned Princess of Helium, whose people he swears to defend against their grasping and ancient enemy, the city-state of Zodanga.
John Carter first appeared in 1912 in the pages of The All-Story magazine and immediately entered the dream-life of American readers young and old. He was Edgar Rice Burroughs’s favorite among his many creations and remains a favorite of lovers of science fiction and fantasy everywhere. On the occasion of John Carter’s centenary, The Library of America invites readers to rediscover A Princess of Mars, the adventure-pulp classic that gave the world its first great interplanetary romance.

We are watching the 2012 version of the film starring Taylor Kitsch as John Carter, Lynn Collins as Dejah Thoris and William Defoe as Tars Tarkas. The film also stars Mark Strong as Matai Shang, I have to admit that Mark Strong is one of my favorite villain actor, he was fabulous in Sherlock Holmes (2009) and The Green Latern (2011).

So pull up a book, a bucket of popcorn and let the fun begin!

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