Double Trouble Review: The Host (Book + Film)

Double Trouble Review: The Host by Stephanie Meyer
Genre: YA, Sci-Fi, Dystopian
Recommend: For those that like to see a different and a sympathetic view of an invader.
Favourite Line: “If I was given the choice between having the world back and having you, I wouldn’t be able to give you up. Not to save five billion lives.”

Summary: Melanie Stryder refuses to fade away. The earth has been invaded by a species that take over the minds of human hosts while leaving their bodies intact. Wanderer, the invading “soul” who has been given Melanie’s body, didn’t expect to find its former tenant refusing to relinquish possession of her mind.
More Information: GoodReads

Another smash-up for you and with the same actress in it! It’s a coincidence I promise you and she doesn’t appear anywhere else in my reviews, I believe.

The Host Book

Publisher: Little, Brown and Company, 2008
Source + Date Read: Library + March 2013
Book Pro’s: Um, let us think about this one. Oh- its imaginative. Yup. That’s it.
Book Con’s: Err, it’s very long. My biggest beef is that the book couldn’t hold my interest, I wasn’t sucked in and had to leave it and come back quite often.
Another Meyer book, another barely there review. I had trouble reading this book because I had to leave it and come back a number of times in order to finish it. I couldn’t get sucked in, I tried to like it but even when I admitted I didn’t, I couldn’t find any joy in finishing it.

I don’t want to trash this because that would be too easy. I thought the book was adequately written and the characters sufficiently fleshed out, but it lacked a certain something, a certain spark to make the book a mentionable one.

I gave this book 2HeartHeart‘s because I didn’t quite hate it, but I didn’t quite like it. It doesn’t deserve a 1 or even a 0. I thought it was highly imaginative and a departure from Meyers usual Twilight style. Plus, she gave us a female that fights, hazzah!

Meh, I’m just gonna give this a meh.

The Host Film

Film Pro’s: Visually very catchy, plus it’s not your average end-of-the-world, alien invasion sort of movie. Plus can we talk about the soundtrack, lets talk about it. It’s awesome. I love good movie scores.
Film Con’s: Crappy script, but they didn’t have all that much to work with to be honest.
I wouldn’t have gone to see this if I hadn’t decided to read and review it for the Book To Movie Challenge, so I was a bit out of my element.

My head is a bit clouded with my new coffee addiction, so give me a moment. I have mixed feelings about this film and I believe that my 3 Stars score is a bit biased. First: The music for The Host was absolutely brilliant and I am the type of individual to let her emotions get carried away with some good music, especially a good soundtrack score (my iPod is 75% movie scores). Plus it was pretty to look at!

My biggest problem with the film was the flawed script, this love triangle thing really has to stop. I know it’s interesting, but in life someone always end up hurt and things aren’t pretty and smooth. It sucks, so I was highly annoyed with the tug and pull in the film. Plus, the lead actress, Saoirse Ronan did her whole breathy thing she did in The Lovely Bones. Don’t get me wrong, I like her, I think she’s a brilliant actress and she did the best with what she was given maybe I don’t like Meg is all. Actually, I didn’t like Meg though I admired her spirit.

Again, I think the Film wins out in this smack-down. The book couldn’t hold up, it just couldn’t. I’m off to go listen to some Imagine Dragons now. I don’t care about either to feel very strongly to declare some sort of love or hate.



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6 Responses to Double Trouble Review: The Host (Book + Film)

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  3. ManatheCat says:

    I recently saw some positive reviews for the novel but yours has plunged me back into uncertainty. I would definitely buy it if it was marked down in a bookstore but never full price, sounds disappointing.

    • Claire (BWB) says:

      I always say give something a shot. I didn’t enjoy it though I really, really wanted too. I’d say read it but I don’t know if it’s worth the full price tho.

  4. DoingDewey says:

    I’m sorry to hear that these were so blah! I’m not sure if I’ll give this one a try or not. The premise sounds interesting, but it’s Stephanie Meyers and I suspect I’d end up sharing your feelings about it 🙂

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