Way back before I started blogging, I read The Host and absolutely loved it! It took a while for me to get into but the second half made it completely worth it. So of course I, like many others, was super excited when they decided to make the book into a movie. Luckily for me, unlike many others, I was not really disappointed with the movie.
I’m not really sure if it’s just because it’s been so long since I read the book that I just don’t remember all the minute details, but I thought that for the time they had, this movie adaptation was fairly accurate. Of course, the movie is usually never as good as the book and that’s the case with this one.
I know a lot of people didn’t like how the “Souls” looked but they were pretty much what I was imagining while reading. I think they did a great job with showing the different voices of both Melanie and Wanda. I can’t really see how they could have done it differently and still make it easy for the viewer to distinguish between the two, especially if they hadn’t read the book. I think the movie could have used a lot more romance between Wanda and Ian, but I will take what I can get. I know that in the movie things seemed a bit rushed, but I think that had to do with how much they were trying to cram into this one movie. The Host isn’t a small book. So the time period wasn’t as easy to grasp as if you were reading. So I think for anyone who hadn’t read the book, it looked like all of this happened in only a short period of time, when it was actually over a longer time period.
As for the casting, at first I wasn’t really sure what I thought of it at first. None of the actors cast were really how I envisioned the characters in my head, except for Jared and I never liked him in the book. Luckily he is played by Max Irons, so even though I still thought he was a jerk (rightfully so) he was still hot. I still prefer Ian though and think that Jake Abel was a great pick for him! I wasn’t really sure what I thought of Saoirse Ronan for Melanie/Wanda but as the movie went along she grew on me and I ended up really liking her. I will say though that their choice for Wanda’s body in the end was not at all what I thought it would be and I didn’t like it!
Overall though, the movie was entertaining, if a bit rushed. I really wish Stephenie Meyer would continue the book series, but I have a feeling she’s not going to. It really is a much better series than Twilight for me! I will probably watch this movie again when it comes out on BluRay.