Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Book vs. Movie: The Host by Stephenie Meyer

The Host, the Book:

Publisher's Description:

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.

The Host, the Movie:

What I liked: Let’s start with the positives first since there is actually very little I liked
  • The plot stays true to the novel (considering the thing I liked the best about The Host, the novel was the story, as opposed to say… the writing, I’m glad this remained the same). 
  • The plot remains the same pacing when it comes to major plot events. Remember how there are like three separate climaxes to the story? They’re all in the movie too. 
  • Parts of the movie are laugh out loud funny. Some of the lines are delivered tongue-in-cheek, as if even the actors can’t believe they have to say them. 
  • Jeb is excellently cast. Just fantastic. He almost makes up for all the other terrible actors. 
  • The desert scenes look fantastic… until they get into the caves and you realize you’re staring at a plaster set reminiscent of bad displays at Disney’s Epcot. 
  • The eyes of humans with a Host are awesome. 
What I didn't like: Where to start… where to start. Oh right, the biggest problem: the actors are horrendous. I’m pretty sure Meyer and co. pick actors based on physical resemblance to characters alone and completely ignore acting capabilities. Also:
  • The entire beginning of the movie is overly clinical to the point where it just looks super fake The super shiny silver modes of transportation that the Seekers use which look CGI’ed 
  • The voiceovers where Mel is resisting her host. They alternatively made me want to shudder or laugh… they’re just so bad. Not enough sincerity. 
  • Mel’s occasional southern accent
  • The movie had serious pacing issues. Because it doesn’t move as fast as the books read a lot of the franticness of the situation is completely lost on screen. Instead the entire plot becomes very slow and overly dramatic/sentimental 
  • Have I mentioned how bad the actors are? 
Overall: Redbox it if you want a good laugh. I went with two friends, one who had never read the book and another who had. The one who read the book has self-admitted “very low expectations” and liked it. The one who hadn’t read the book couldn’t fathom how that movie made it to the screen. So take it for what it’s worth, my recommendation is spend your $10 on buying the e-book rather than a movie ticket. It’s a fast read.


  1. Yeah, for some reason when I saw all the previews pop up I thought I would wait until it was on DVD to rent it or see it at the dollar theater if I really felt the desire. After seeing all these reviews, I'm glad I felt that way, and am wondering if it's even worth the dollar I'd have to pay if I still want to see it! :P

  2. The book was actually on sale for Kindle the other day, so I snapped it up. I've admittedly been curious about it for a time, since most people say it's really good. My sister just read it and loved it, so I might have to indulge soon'

  3. I haven't seen the movie yet, but I did read the book several years ago. I remember thinking the book was just OK, which generally mean I actually WILL like the movie. If I love a book, I almost always hate what the movie has done to the story. I'll have to see for myself about this one though just how bad the acting is. The trailer really does have me interested, I must admit!

  4. I read the book only(the only book I read by the author) and thought was good. My daughter saw the movie only and couldn't stand it. We compared notes and now she has decided not to read the book and I have decided not to see the movie. Oh well.