So my decision to stay up late to finish reading my book was obviously dumb, but something good came out of it: I was free to start another book today. (I don’t like reading more than one book at a time.) This is good because I watched The Host today (thank you, Amazon gift card I got for my birthday) and immediately wanted to re-read the book. (In my defense, this is only the first time I’ve read it this year.) I was going to start something else today, but I’m feeling pretty good about this decision (and any decision I feel good about is something of a win right now).
In other news, the nap I took at 6 PM was probably a bad decision. I hate naps that leave you feeling groggy and disoriented. And this one was less than an hour long, too, which makes the post-nap grogginess even harder to take.
I saw two different commercials for The Host while watching crappy movies on ABC Family today. This was notable to me because it was the first time I saw a commercial for it. I’m pretty sure I’d already seen all of the footage in the trailers, though.
I didn’t pay a lot of attention to the first commercial because I was so shocked at seeing one. I can’t even say with certainty that it was different from the second commercial, but I think it was. The second commercial seemed to focus on the Jared-Melanie relationship. I was just glad it didn’t have the action movie vibe I got from the third trailer, even if it did feature Melanie jumping through a window on the fifth or so floor.
I’m slightly concerned that I saw commercials for The Host today because I’ve long believed that if they start advertising a movie on TV a month before it comes out, then it isn’t a very good movie. Of course, I’m still going to see The Host, but I was never the person they have to advertise this movie to.
It’s weird, I knew I loved The Host from the first time I read it, but this level of obsession I have over the movie and my fear that they destroyed the novel is completely unexpected. I guess I love The Host more than I thought I did.
For reasons that I don’t really understand, my mom asked me if Beautiful Creatures was the movie based on the Stephenie Meyer novel that I wanted to see. I told her that, no, The Host is the non-Twilight Stephenie Meyer novel-turned-movie. Which reminded me that IMDB said there was a new trailer, so I watched it.
And now I’m back to thinking that the movie is gonna make me mad. There are way too many action movie shenanigans in that trailer. And it’s not that I don’t like action movies, but I don’t think that The Host should’ve been turned into one.
Don’t misread, I’m still totally going to see The Host (and probably in the theater), but I’m not expecting much from it. Maybe, if I’m really lucky, it’ll surprise me. One can only hope.
I went to IMDB to look up some random actor this afternoon, but I got completely sidetracked when it had a link to the new trailer for The Host. I had to watch it immediately. (Sidenote: When the teaser was released back in March the March 2013 release date felt so far away; it doesn’t feel so far away now.)
My immediate reaction was “no me gusta.” I could only focus on the things that differed from the book (and there’s quite a bit considering it’s just a two-minute trailer). I felt like they’d taken this book and this story that I love and turned them into a movie that I didn’t even want to see. In retrospect, my anger may really be due to the lack of Ian in the trailer. (Seriously, Ian is very important; he may make or break my opinion of the entire movie.)
I just watched the trailer a second time on YouTube when I was looking for a link to include in this post and I’m not as anti any longer. I mean, I’m no longer considering boycotting the movie, so that’s a step in the right direction. And I’m feeling more positive about Saoirse Ronan as Wanda/Mel than I was when I first read about that piece of casting. So that’s a wholly positive development to come from the trailer.
Honestly, the biggest thing I got from a second viewing of the trailer was an immense desire to re-read the book. Which would be the second time this year, but who’s counting? There’s actually a very good chance that I end up doing it, too, because the book is currently sitting on my bedside table and I have poor impulse control 🙂 Now that I think about it, I’m pretty sure my YA Lit prof recommended The Host to us (even though it isn’t a YA book).
Seriously, I can’t recommend (the book) The Host strongly enough.
F’reals, how did I not know that they were making a movie of Stephenie Meyer’s The Host? I love that book! I read all of the Twilight novels and enjoyed them, but still have no qualms about talking crap on them. They’re enjoyable stories (if you ignore the fact that nothing ever really happens), but really terrible books. But The Host is a completely different animal. I’ve read it three or four times (most recently, two months ago).
But somehow I completely missed the news that there was a film adaptation in the works. Until I saw this article from Entertainment Weekly today. How badass is that teaser? I’m not sure how I feel about any of the casting, though. But that might be because I don’t think I’ve ever seen the guys who are playing Ian and Jared in anything before (obviously Ian and Jared are the most important characters, especially Ian since I have a huge crush on him – it’s not weird). I also don’t know how I feel about Saoirse Ronan as Wanda/Mel. I think she’s a good actress, but right now I can only think of her as young Briony Tallis (a/k/a the one who ruined everything) in Atonement. I do like Diane Kruger as the Seeker and William Hurt as Uncle Jeb, though.
Okay, I just checked Stephenie Meyer’s Website for the first time in years to get her take on Saoirse Ronan as Wanda/Mel (she’s thrilled, thrilled, thrilled). But I also got distracted by the news (to me) that she’s involved in the movie adaptation of Austenland. I loved that book as well! And it stares Keri Russell and JJ Feild (love, love, LOVE him as Henry Tilney in the recent adaptation of Northanger Abbey)! Okay, Austenland has officially jumped to the top of my to be read pile as soon as I finish the biography of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert that I’m currently reading. Or maybe I’ll get impatient and start reading them concurrently. Yeah, there’s a very good chance of that.
Thank God for the Internet and all of this lovely movie news it gave me today. Without it this post might have been me whinging about Amazon using LaserShip instead of UPS to send me The Hunger Games box set I just ordered. The UPS guy always delivered stuff by noon, but LaserShip didn’t get the package to me until 7 PM. (I know it’s a first world problem. But I was annoyed.) Or I might’ve gone over the emotional roller coaster that was tonight’s episode of Supernatural. Yay, it’s Cas 🙂 But he doesn’t know he’s Cas 😦 And now he knows he’s Cas, but he won’t get to help Sam and Dean fight the Leviathans 😦 😦 I miss Cas.