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I know we’ve been throwing a lot at you about The Host in the last week and that’s because there are two really hot guys in the movie & you know how superficial we are. Plus Nikki got to see Stephenie Meyer & Jake Abel at a LIVE Google Hangout last week. And we are Twilight fans, what can we say? The Host is JUST like Twilight except with different actors, a dessert setting, no vampires & less Buttcrack Santa.
Speaking of Twilight, we got to interview Stephenie with a bunch of
Robstem fans fansites last week & asked her if she is defensive or protective of The Host because of the obvious Twilight connection (the ONLY connection being she is the writer of both) We got a great response:
That’s Normal: We were wondering if you find yourself protective or defensive of The Host when the movie and the fandom and all the expectations are going to be compared to Twilight. Do you feel an extra protection of The Host that you might not have felt had Twilight not existed first?
Stephenie Meyer: Absolutely. You really nailed it. It’s hard because it’s such a different book for me. And it’s my favorite book. Twilight has a passionate following & also a passionate hatred attached to it. You know it was very double sided. For all the good there was equal negative. And I feel like the negative is coming into play a lot here & it makes me really angry- like when someone picks on your kid at school. Because this kid hasn’t done anything wrong. This kid is TOTALLY innocent.
And these performances these actors gave us– the caliber that we have going on here. William freakin’ Hurt comes in & owns this movie. and then you got Andrew Niccol and his amazing, beautiful vision. And it is so not fair to judge this movie. And then on the other side of it– would it have gotten made if Twilight hadn’t been a big deal? Probably not so I just have to take the good with the bad. But I totally get defensive of this one & very mother hen on it!
It was clear in the way Stephenie responded that it bothers her that The Host has had some of the negative Twilight feedback trickle over to it. I get that- this movie is VERY different from that vampire flick. While Twilight focuses on the romance between ROBST– err Bella and Edward, The Host is a story about survival, mixed in with a little romance (and those hot guys. duh!)
The Host has well-known actors associated with it– Twilight made actors house-hold names, but many weren’t known at all before. Before Twilight my only thought about Kristen Stewart was “That girl who got to kiss Adam Brody.” (Ironically my only thought about her 4 years later is “That girl who got to kiss Robert Pattinson.”)
I think that connecting The Host with Twilight is unavoidable (hello, I said both film names like 12 times each in this post so far) but The Host seems to have a lot more depth and great performances. I think it has a chance at being…. well, a movie without the cheese. Don’t get me wrong, I loved the cheese of Twilight (hello), but I’m excited to see this film that Stephenie Meyer is so protective of!
Big thank you to our pal Shalan who gave us that great question for Stephenie!
What do you think? Fair or Unfair that The Host gets the Twilight comparison and/or negativity associated with it?
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