Tuesday, November 13, 2012
Trailer for Meyer's "The Host"
The first full-length trailer for the adaptation of Stephanie Meyer’s novel, The Host, has been released. The trailer reveals more than the teaser, giving us a look at some of the characters and some key elements in the plot. Interestingly, the trailer is told from Melanie’s perspective whereas the novel is almost entirely told from the perspective of Wanderer (the alien). And the trailer still leaves us mostly guessing as to how the film will handle the heavily internally first-person narrated novel.
In spite of the novels weaknesses, I thoroughly enjoyed Meyer’s story (the first published, I believe, after her Twilight series). The novel is told from the perspective of Wanderer, a thousand-plus year-old alien whose species invades Earth and takes over the human population. The aliens, called Souls, are inherently altruistic and abhor violence; their preferred method of invasion is a gradual and quiet take-over of individuals until the entire population of a planet is inhabited by Souls. Earth is the ninth planet for Wanderer, who has been on more worlds (and thus inhabited more species) than most Souls, who tend to settle on one of their first several planets and live out the rest of their lives there. But Wanderer soon discovers that humans are different than any other species she has inhabited—most particularly in that her host (a girl named Melanie) refuses to surrender herself to Wanderer as all her other hosts have done. As Wanderer spends time on Earth and forms a relationship with her host, she starts to rethink her species’ philosophy and intent for the planet.
In addition to the twist on alien invasion stories (by telling it from the perspective of the alien), I was particularly intrigued with the themes related to altruism and how this story invites us to examine our own understandings of what is in the best interest of others—and challenges us to be open to allowing those understandings to change as we engage with and listen to the stories of others. (You can read more about the novel and my take on it here.) It’ll be interesting to see how this theme—which is fairly major in the novel—translates onto the big screen.
The film is slated for release on March 29, 2013.