Sunday, January 6, 2013

The Host

If you've spent a little bit of time here on my blog, you'll notice that I am not exactly a great writer.  In fact, I was diagnosed with a learning disability in written expression when I was in middle school.  Therefore,  if I were to review a book, I would mostly be reviewing the content, not the writing style, because that isn't an area of strength for me.  I am however an avid reader.  I read 30 books last year and am setting myself for a goal of 33 this year.  Someday (most likely after retirement)  I'd like to read 52 books in a year, but that is a long time from now.

Aside from being a terrible writer, I'm also a terrible movie watcher.  I get distracted and "zone" off ( this is probably because of the ADD that was diagnosed shortly after the writing learning disability.)  In order for me to be interested in a movie, I have to know what is happening, I am known for ruining the movie for myself by looking it up on  I enjoy reading books before the movie so I can focus on comparing the two and have a sense of where the story is going. 

A few weeks ago I went to go see the Cirque du Soliel movie that was out for Christmas,  one of the previews was for the movie The Host.  The trailer looked interesting and I learned that it was actually a novel written by Stephanie Meyer (Twilight).  Since there is a book to go with the movie, I stopped at Barnes and Noble on my way out of the mall and picked up a copy. 

The book is thick, some 800 odd pages, but in true Stephanie Meyer fashion, it reads quickly. I had some trouble distinguished who was speaking between Melanie and Wanderer but was typically able to figure it out after a few lines.

The official except says:

"Melanie Stryder refuses to fade away. The earth has been invaded by a species that take over the minds of human hosts while leaving their bodies intact. Wanderer, the invading "soul" who has been given Melanie's body, didn't expect to find its former tenant refusing to relinquish possession of her mind.

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

I very much enjoyed the book and am now looking forward to seeing the movie.  I'm curious to see if what I envisioned is similar to director/producers.  Unfortunately I'll have to wait until March.

1 comment:

  1. The Host is such a good book. Allan's mom read that before she read the Twilight books and I really think it's better than the Twilight series. I had forgotten there would be a movie. That's exciting!