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Stephanie Meyer's The Host hunts down its male leads

Nov. 9, 2011by: Paul Tassi

Now that Twilight is about to be over a mere two films from now (sigh), what will all the Twi-hards do after? Well, if they don’t embrace THE HUNGER GAMES the way the studio wants them to, perhaps they’ll be on board with THE HOST, from their demi-god author Stephanie Meyer.

Here’s a brief overview of the craziness within:

Melanie Stryder refuses to fade away. The earth has been invaded by a species that take over the minds of their human hosts while leaving their bodies intact, and most of humanity has succumbed. Wanderer, the invading “soul” who has been given Melanie’s body, knew about the challenges of living inside a human: the overwhelming emotions, the too vivid memories.

But there was one difficulty Wanderer didn’t expect: the former tenant of her body refusing to relinquish possession of her mind. Melanie fills Wanderer’s thoughts with visions of the man Melanie loves-Jared, a human who still lives in hiding. Unable to separate herself from her body’s desires, Wanderer yearns for a man she’s never met. As outside forces make Wanderer and Melanie unwilling allies, they set off to search for the man they both love.

It’s also known as the “only love triangle with only two bodies.” Well this should be fun. I do prefer aliens to vampires, but leave it to Stephanie Meyer to make me hate them too.

Anyway, Jake Abel is being sought for the role of Ian, a leading character, while the part of Jared has lined up many suitors including Liam Hemsworth, Max Irons, Kit Harington and Jai Courntey. The titular role of Melanie has already been filled by Saoirse Ronan, whose name I will learn to spell right on my first try one day. She's worked will Abel previously on THE LOVELY BONES.

Think this will be the next big thing your little sister will love?

Extra Tidbit: Damnit JK Rowling, if Stephanie Meyer can keep writing, you can too. I don't care if you have more money than God.
Source: Deadline

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9:04AM on 11/10/2011

Feelings about Meyer and then some

If you're anyone who's ever studied writing...or has a degree in English, Journalism, Creative Writing or even someone who's studied Media Communications YOU will REALLY notice this when you read her work and pick it apart. What you spot right away is how utterly terrible Meyer is as a "writer" just by the sheer lack of anything dynamic in the "voice" of the work and the bland construction of the derivative characters and super simple derivative narratives that seem to be seeking out volume to
If you're anyone who's ever studied writing...or has a degree in English, Journalism, Creative Writing or even someone who's studied Media Communications YOU will REALLY notice this when you read her work and pick it apart. What you spot right away is how utterly terrible Meyer is as a "writer" just by the sheer lack of anything dynamic in the "voice" of the work and the bland construction of the derivative characters and super simple derivative narratives that seem to be seeking out volume to fill the space between the front and back covers, while forsaking any attempt at really trying to be compelling in any way possible except for adding odd, albeit limited changes, in the facets of the genre she's working in that detract even more from her stories than actually adding anything cool. Now, I understand this is "young adult" fiction we're talking about, and the level of sophistication is different from that of something someone like myself, at 33 years old, would be interested in. (And yes, I have read her work, just so I could see what the pulse of that genre's strength was like and what all the fuss was about but I still read comic books, too- sometimes really cheesy shitty comics, and I'm not trying to be elitist...BUT STILL Meyer stands out as terrible amongst the terrible) And from that, I consider Meyer an "author" more than a "writer". What I mean by that, is she's def not anywhere near the realm of being a "writer" with the talent of a true wordsmith who's forging something rather than just scraping ideas and slapping them together until they're just barely strong enough to hold up their own already anorexic weight. She's not someone who can create an interesting narrative construction with compelling characters, and dialog to be considered a "writer", bc she's not getting any better at the craft itself as she progresses. She's simply an "Author" in the sense that what she created hit the book shelves at the right time for a core audience that did not, and still does not know any better and her name is on the work. When reading her writing, you can literally FEEL that's she smashing her fingers into the keys of her computer without any sense of what makes a "good read". The young audience that loves Meyer, and considers her a great writer, (and the older audiences, too- bc I know people my own age who live and die by her work) are the same people that ignored and still do ignore reading books in the same category that actually are "a good read" bc they were/are seemingly NOT compelling enough for their tastes. Which actually means they are too advanced and/or complex for that specific audience and they don't have any exposure to the nearly infinite amount of work out there that's a million times cooler than Meyer's and that work is sitting on the same shelf at the bookstore NOT BEING READ. A lot of the people I know who read her work, never were readers before they discovered the TWILIGHT series. So, they don't know any better. Therefore, Meyer becomes the end all, be all demi-god mentioned in the above article. What's really odd, and fascinating in a way, is that her body of work sorta functions paradoxically in the sense that she writes in a style that's attractive to people who really can't read. And I don't mean that her audience is literally illiterate. What I am saying is, she's writing for an audience that has never read good fiction, either for young adults or beyond. These TWI-HARDS read for nothing more than to either: 1- Say they read a book, or a series of books once. Or, 2- Only want to stay at the level of reading investment of about what the TROLL BOOK CLUB offers. 3- Read her books because it's the hip thing to read in the young adult fiction genre bc somewhere along the way someone told someone it was, and it spiraled into the success it is. Danielle Steele novels sorta function the same way, except for the fact that the people I know who read her work actually do have reading taste beyond her fluff and realize she's not the end all be all and see Steele more as a guilty pleasure, rather than the best-of-the best....The TWILIGHT SAGA, It's really laughable to even call it a "SAGA" bc that denotes it's got some kind of significant achievement attached to it to it other than just being insanely popular and making a ton of money, is an odd creature. THE LORD OF THE RINGS is SAGA...STARWARS is a SAGA. TWLIGHT, merely for it's weight as a collection of paper and ink, at it's BEST realistically functions as a barometer in the world of fiction where you can really get a nice forecast as to where the mind of that core group of readers really registers now...and for the near future.
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12:10AM on 11/11/2011
wow sulaco i think that now tops as the longest comment ive ever read on here ( comments from oldman,gary were the longest before this)lots of points that i agree with.
wow sulaco i think that now tops as the longest comment ive ever read on here ( comments from oldman,gary were the longest before this)lots of points that i agree with.
10:26PM on 11/09/2011
did anyone else read "Melanie Stryder refuses to fade away" as 'Stephanie meyer refuses to fade away'?
did anyone else read "Melanie Stryder refuses to fade away" as 'Stephanie meyer refuses to fade away'?
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7:28AM on 11/10/2011
hahah...yes...good call.
hahah...yes...good call.
6:45PM on 11/09/2011
Extra: Rowling wrote Harry Potter. While I agree that she should write, she needs to be SUPER careful. It could ruin her VERY easily.

Oh and this will suck.
Extra: Rowling wrote Harry Potter. While I agree that she should write, she needs to be SUPER careful. It could ruin her VERY easily.

Oh and this will suck.
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7:47PM on 11/09/2011
the billions are in the bank, she can write whatever she wants and get away with it just fine
the billions are in the bank, she can write whatever she wants and get away with it just fine
5:50PM on 11/09/2011
Sounds like a slight rip off of the Animorphs with a "love triangle" twist. Overall, the description confused the hell out of me
Sounds like a slight rip off of the Animorphs with a "love triangle" twist. Overall, the description confused the hell out of me
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2:43PM on 11/09/2011
So it's Twilight mixed with Invasion of the Body Snatchers?
So it's Twilight mixed with Invasion of the Body Snatchers?
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1:53PM on 11/09/2011
snore. if we're reading about the Twilight Author's next film adaptation, it must be a slow news day
snore. if we're reading about the Twilight Author's next film adaptation, it must be a slow news day
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12:41PM on 11/09/2011
This woman is responsible for some of the worst literature ever written... I'll be skipping The Host as well.
This woman is responsible for some of the worst literature ever written... I'll be skipping The Host as well.
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12:40PM on 11/09/2011
You have no idea the fear you put in me with that headline, Tassi. I thought there was some kind of Stephanie Meyer remake of the superior Korean monster movie "The Host" coming out. So relieved to see Hollywood hasn't sunk that low yet.
You have no idea the fear you put in me with that headline, Tassi. I thought there was some kind of Stephanie Meyer remake of the superior Korean monster movie "The Host" coming out. So relieved to see Hollywood hasn't sunk that low yet.
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12:26PM on 11/09/2011
Saoirse deserves better than this!
Saoirse deserves better than this!
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11:14AM on 11/09/2011

Stephen King said it best

"Jo Rowling is a terrific writer and Stephenie Meyer canít write worth a darn."

BTW, Paul, it's Stephenie Meyer (note the 2nd 'E'), not Stephanie.
"Jo Rowling is a terrific writer and Stephenie Meyer canít write worth a darn."

BTW, Paul, it's Stephenie Meyer (note the 2nd 'E'), not Stephanie.
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11:01AM on 11/09/2011
I'd rather put my nuts in vice than give my money to Stephanie Meyer
I'd rather put my nuts in vice than give my money to Stephanie Meyer
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