Thursday, April 18, 2013

Book vs. Movie :: The Host ::

 Earlier this week my sister and I went to see The Host.
We both LOVED the book so much and were anxious to see how they would make it into a movie.
Not that it was the most complex book ever written or anything, but I was curious as to how they would adapt it to movie form without compromising the actual story.

For those of you unfamiliar with the book, Wikipedia summarizes the plot as follows:
The Host is a science fiction/romance novel by Stephenie Meyer. The novel introduces an alien race, called Souls, which takes over the Earth and its inhabitants. The book describes one Soul's predicament when the mind of her human host refuses to cooperate with her takeover.
 I've been a fan of Meyer since her Twilight Series and picked up the book for no other reason than she wrote it.  I was pleasantly surprised.
The book had no vampires, and no werewolves... but I was hooked.

The love story/triangle are what really got me.  Let's just say it was the LAST thing expected from a book about aliens.

Happily, the movie didn't disappoint.
I cried at the same part as I did when I read the book.  Yeah, I'm a sap.
The only unfortunate part was that a great deal of characters were omitted from the movie... at nearly 2 hrs long already, I totally understand why they had to bypass certain story lines, but that kinda sucks.

If you saw the movie and liked it... PLEASE read the book and if you read the book, and hated the movie... I get that too.
It wasn't the greatest movie, but it wasn't horrible.
When it comes to movie adaptations, this one was pretty okay.
I enjoyed the movie but definitely preferred the book!


Have you read the book / seen the movie?  What did you think?
What is your favorite movie ever adapted from a book?


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11 comments

  1. I loved the book too and enjoyed the movie. It was hard to get passed the weird voice overs but I don't know how else they could have portrayed it. I still cried too! (and want to see it again!). I think the actress did a really good job and definitely got across Meyers love of sexual tension haha :)

    I think Lord of the Rings was the best book turned movie! Epic! Though I wish they made a bit more of Eowyn and Faramir romance - that's my favourite love story of the book/movie series.

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  2. Wow it sounds like a great book to read!!
    I actually really like Stefenie Meyer because of Twilight saga too , but now I cant stand this whole vampire trend ( more books more movies...)
    I might try "the host" following your reccomendation :)
    Also if your'e looking for another good book I'd recoomend " the bronze horseman" - my fav! I've posted about it 2 months ago -
    http://gameofglam.blogspot.co.il/2013/02/fav-book.html

    have a great day!

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  3. Good to know, I still haven't watched the Hunger Games cause I still haven't read the books. Its not often that they get it right (in my opinion)

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  4. I haven't seen the movie yet, but I read the book after I read all of the Twilight books. It is definitely different and not exactly my usual taste in books, but it was good. So often they don't get it right with book adaptations and I get that it has to be that way. Still, so many adaptations are way off-base and I find myself wondering if I read the same book as the movie writers.

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  5. The commercials for it definitely got me curious. It sounds like a really interesting plot, and I was already rooting for the couple from the 2 minute ads! If it wasn't mind blowing though, maybe I'll save my ten bucks and just redbox the dvd =P

    xo Marlen
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  6. I've read the book but I haven't seen the movie. I liked it better than the Twilight saga, so I hope the movie is better, too!

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  7. I haven't read the book or seen the movie, but I heard both were great.

    My favorite would have to be Safe Haven. I bawled like a little baby pretty much the entire time!

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  8. i haven't seen it or read it, but i heard the book is far better. im thinking of picking it up,since ive been doing a lot more reading lately... excited to read it.

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  9. I loved both and bawled like a baby! I'm sure some of it was hormones, but I probably will cry again! I was a little worried that they were going to change the story too much, but I liked what they did with it!

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  10. I loved the book but haven't seen the movie yet. I haven't heard good things about it. Plus it was one of those books where I didn't want them to make it a movie. Because it is so different, I didn't think it would transition well to screen. But after reading this, maybe there is hope after all!

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