Hello lovely people, sorry for my week long absence – my internet decided to break and I have literally just got it back! It’s been HELL! I didn’t know how much I relied on it before, and trying to connect on my IPhone was not fun! But, on the plus side, I have got a lot of reading done in the last week! I finally finished The Host, so here is my extremely belated book to movie review.
Movie: The Host (2013)
Starring: Saoirse Ronan, Max Irons, Jake Abel, William Hurt and Diane Kruger
Synopsis: “What if everything you love was taken from you in the blink of an eye? “The Host” is the next epic love story from the creator of the “Twilight Saga,” worldwide bestselling author, Stephenie Meyer. When an unseen enemy threatens mankind by taking over their bodies and erasing their memories, Melanie Stryder (Saoirse Ronan) will risk everything to protect the people she cares most about — Jared (Max Irons), Ian (Jake Abel), her brother Jamie (Chandler Canterbury) and her Uncle Jeb (William Hurt), proving that love can conquer all in a dangerous new world.”
I really enjoyed The Host. It wasn’t ground-breaking plot wise, but I really loved the characters and the constant conflict between Wanda and Melanie. The world of the souls was SO interesting and I really wanted to find out more – I thought it was such an cool concept. However, its a hefty book, and can seem quite slow paced at time, with not a lot of ‘action’ happening for a lot of the time. Although described as a Sci-fi book, the focus is less on the souls versus the humans and more on the particular group of characters, therefore rather then the Sci-fi element being part of the plot, it is more part of the setting so if you are looking for a hard-core Sci-fi novel, The Host probably isn’t for you. However, I really enjoyed the character focus and found that I really fell in love with both Melanie and Wanda, and rooted for them both. They’re personalities are so distinct and I actually really enjoyed the love triangle, because it wasn’t really a love triangle at all. Both love stories develop really well and are believable. I also adored the relationship between Melanie/Wanda and Jamie – I thought it was really well written. Overall, this book was really good, and I was really impressed with the writing, having not being a big Twilight fan.
I was really looking forward to seeing the film. Max Irons is absolutely gorgeous, and Saoirse Ronan is so talented. I thought it was beautifully shot, and I thought that the three main actors were really great in capturing their roles, especially Saoirse Ronan who mastered her dual roles. However, I think the main problem that the movie had is that the book isn’t an action packed book, its much more about character development and relationships so the movie felt a tad…boring. There wasn’t much plot there to play with and the story never really gained traction, so when the main conflicts were resolved their was a definite anti climax. I thought though, that there were some real gems throughout the movie – some scenes were beautiful and touching especially one with Jamie and Wanda. However, there were also some really clunky scenes with dialogue that was sometimes cringe worthy. I definitely don’t think it was as bad as some critics seem to think, although I really do prefer the book!