The Host Movie Poster

The Host has officially exceeded its $40 million budget at the box office!  This is thanks to the international portion of the box office which now sits at $21,600,000.  The total box office for US and international is now $41,971,752.

Thanks to Russia, Australia, Brazil, Spain, and the U.K. who have the highest international box office numbers. 

Source: Box Office Mojo The Host Movie News

Time's 10 questions with Stephenie Meyer

The very last page of the April 15, 2013 issue of Time has the 10 Questions part of the magazine with Stephenie Meyer.  The photo above is from the magazine, but there is more to it in the physical copy.  Here are the questions and answers:

In addition to being the author of The Host, you’re also a producer on the movie. How much creative input do you get?

It was basically me and one other producer and the director making all the creative decisions. That was a new experience for me, to be that involved. It was very cool.

You’ve written a lot about young people. What draws you to them as characters?

It’s about the story I want to tell. With Bella [in Twilight], I wanted someone who was falling in love for the first time. With [The Host's] Melanie, I liked the hardship of her being young.

How do you think Melanie holds up as a role model?

The main character isn’t a teenage girl; it’s an alien who is in a teenage girl’s body. I don’t really feel like we should be looking for our role models in fiction. That being said, Melanie’s a pretty tough person, and I find Wanda, the alien, pretty aspirational. She’s kind of who I would want to be if I always did the right thing and always thought about other people before myself.

In The Host, Earth is one of several inhabited worlds. That reminds me of Mormon cosmology. Does your faith influence the worlds you create?

The way it comes out the most is that my characters think about what comes next. I find it kind of shallow in a character if they don’t have that kind of wonder and an idea about the world and where they belong and where they’re going to go.

You also worked as a producer on the movie Austenland, which was at Sundance this year, about a woman who is obsessed with Jane Austen. You have firsthand experience with obsessive fans.

I never really looked at it as, Oh, this reminds me of my fans. That’s me. I would love to go and stay at a Regency theme park where I got to dress up all day and act like a Jane Austen character.

What else are you a crazy fan of?

The Brontës. And sometimes Jeremy Renner.

The literary establishment isn’t always kind to you. How do you deal with criticism?

A lot of it I really take to heart, because I know I’m not the best writer. I do try to learn from it. I feel like with each book I’ve written, I’ve gotten a little bit better. You sometimes have to tune it out, because it can be that voice in your head all the time and be really crippling.

You’ve described being a working mom as a delicate balance. How do you and your husband divide the work at home?

Right now he’s doing 100%.

Do you consider yourself a feminist?

I do. Everybody has a little bit different definition. But to me, what I think it should be is that you shouldn’t have to do anything or not be able to do anything because you’re a woman.

I have to ask you about 50 Shades of Grey. E.L. James took something that you created and used it as inspiration for something that’s pretty raunchy. How does that make you feel?

It doesn’t feel that connected to me. I haven’t read it, so I don’t know. I’m glad that she is doing well and succeeding, and that’s cool. The raunchy part, I wish that wasn’t attached to Twilight, just because I don’t like to think of it that way, but, you know, it doesn’t hurt Twilight.

Do you think you’ll ever return to the Twilight universe?

When the Twilight Saga movies ended, I kept thinking I was going to be really sad. I was waiting for it to hit. I just felt nothing but relief. And I don’t miss that world at all.

Source: Time The Host Movie News

About Sequals

The girls at Strictly Robsten tipped us on an article published today at Movieline (source) addressing the issue if there will be a sequel to The Host movie.  Based on both international and domestic box office results, the film has not made back its $40 million budget.  According to Box Office Mojo, it is sitting at over $24 million right now total with six days of release so far.  I am wondering if it will drop out of the top ten this weekend completely.

“A spokeswoman for The Host says information regarding the probability of a sequel “is not available at this time,” but the film’s dismal opening weekend does not bode well for a follow-up.  The hordes who swarmed the film adaptations of Meyer’s Twilight saga apparently did not find a romance about a parasitic alien nearly as compelling because they did not show up at the cineplex last weekend.”

Of course, Stephenie Meyer still has not finished writing the second novel, so that complicates matters further.

I really don’t know what happened with this movie.  I am still stumped at all the overwhelming negative reviews.  Is it associating Stephenie Meyer and Twilight with it?  Is it the subject matter of aliens?  Is it just a bad job at promoting it?  Or is just a really bad movie?

Lizzie commented on this post and what she said stood out for me:

“I was not surprised at the negative reviews or the haters that surface every time a book or a movie with Stephenie Meyer’s name attached to it comes out. It’s happened since the first Twilight film and continued throughout all 5 of them. But the critics and haters were balanced by an overwhelmingly large, and I thought, loyal Twilight fan base.

So where are all these loyal Twifans now? Why have so few of them gone to see The Host, in support of SM. Do they think that if they stay away and the Host bombs, she’ll forget about the sequels, and her mermaid book and finish Midnight Sun or start writing about vampires again?. If I was her I wouldn’t – not for people who let me down when I needed them. If even a quarter of her “loyal” fans gave up 2 hours and the cost of a movie ticket to The Host, I’m confident it would be a hit. Not a mega hit like Twilight, but a modest hit. If Twi-apathy continues and the fans don’t support her The Host won’t even earn back the cost of production and promotion.

If The Host fails how will that impact future movies with SM’s name attached like Austenland, The Dark at the End of the Hall, and Anna Dressed in Blood? There could be a whole domino effect here, so if you are a twifan and you haven’t gone to see The Host, please go before it leaves your local theater, which might be very soon.”

Source :  The Host Movie News

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