Saturday, March 30, 2013

The Host

by Meghann on March 30, 2013

Happy Easter weekend!!

Our office got an early Easter treat when we shut down at 2:00 instead of the usual 5:30. I took advantage of the extra hours to myself and headed straight to the movie theater to indulge in a solo matinee.

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If you’re a long time Meals and Miles reader then you know I’m a tiny bit obsessed with the Twilight series. Those were THE books to read back in 2008 and I fell in love with Stephenie Meyer and the characters she created. However, when The Host came out towards the end of 2008 I wasn’t 100% sold on it. I could get on board with vampires and werewolves, but invading aliens? Eh.

Here’s a description thanks to Mr. Amazon.

“Melanie Stryder refuses to fade away.

Our world has been invaded by an unseen enemy that takes over the minds of human hosts while leaving their bodies intact. But Wanderer, the invading “soul” who occupies Melanie’s body, finds its former tenant refusing to relinquish possession of her mind.

As Melanie fills Wanderer’s thoughts with visions of Jared, a human who lives in hiding, Wanderer begins to yearn for a man she’s never met. Soon Wanderer and Melanie-reluctant allies-set off to search for the man they both love.

Featuring one of the most unusual love triangles in literature, THE HOST is a riveting and unforgettable novel about the persistence of love and the essence of what it means to be human.”

Then, 4 years later, I started seeing previews for the movie version of the book and I was all of a sudden intrigued by the storyline. This happens every time. I’m not interested in a book, then I see previews for the movie and I’m all of a sudden interested. Apparently I’m a visual person.

I downloaded the audio version of the book earlier this month (yep, still obsessed with audiobooks) and listened to the story during my 30+ minute commute to and from work each day.

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She did it again. Stephenie Meyer fueled my love for vampires and werewolves and now she’s fueled my love for invading aliens (well, one invading alien). She took a sci-fi story and brought it mainstream, developing characters I rooted for and cheered for along the way.

I finished listening to the book in the parking lot of the movie theater (cutting it close, right?). Since the movie preview was what inspired me to read the book, I couldn’t wait a minute longer to see it in theater.

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I wanted to love the move – I really, really wanted to love it – but I didn’t. Unfortunately the movie fell flat. It just didn’t turn out the way I saw it in my head. I didn’t like the casting choice for Ian, I didn’t like the way they did Melanie and Wanda’s conversations, the fight between Melanie and Kyle was anti-climatic, and the way they chopped the storyline would have been confusing for anyone who hadn’t read the book. They turned a great book into an average movie. Sigh.

If you’re a fan of The Host, it might still be worth watching, but if you haven’t read The Host I would skip the movie and read the book anyway (seriously, it is a great book).

Have you read The Host? Have you ever been disappointed by a movie for a book you read?

After Derek got off work last night we packed up and headed to Titusville to spend the weekend with my family.

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We’re ready for a weekend full of good food and lots of puppy kisses.

Have a great Easter weekend, everyone!

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