“I held you in my hand, Wanderer. And you were so beautiful.”
Dear people (who are making this film),
Hi. How are you? Nice to see you again, as always. You might remember, last week we began our detailed discussion, itemizing our requirements for the film adaptation of The Host. Our lengthy list got underway with the first five things that need to be in the film. Tell me, have you taken what I’ve said into consideration?
I know. Reshoots are expensive nowadays. But it doesn’t change the fact, we want to see this film succeed. We don’t want a repeat of what happened the last time they decided Stephenie Meyer’s novel should be reworked for the big screen, do we? No, we don’t. Fans want a film they can be proud of; a film worthy to be associated with the novel – an exemplary adaptation of a story we love. Really, is that so much to ask? I can see you’re shaking your heads no. Good, we’re on the right track. What’s that? You actually want more of my help? All right. No need to shout. All you had to do was say so.
6. The Caves: The great thing about this certain film adaptation, is that there is a good amount of wiggle room in particular areas. Some things I won’t miss (Yes, I can’t believe I’m saying this, either – considering my need for complete accuracy with that other S. Meyer series). If you follow the basics, pretty much everything else regarding The Caves can be up for interpretation, except selected plot points, of course. By no means do I expect you to include Walter (the oldest Cave member and one of Wanda’s most avid supporters). Would it be nice if you did? Sure. I won’t complain. Frankly, there is a lot more dialogue than action in the novel. I’m not telling you to add more or anything. Seriously. I’m not. Don’t do it. It’s just that I will require those particular points of conflict to be especially good. For example, Kyle’s ambush (That’s Ian’s brother. I shouldn’t have to tell you this). Wanda’s just had a very long night, caring for Walter and whatnot. Cough. Taking some personal time in the bathing room, she is suddenly attacked by Kyle. After receiving some heavy blows, Wanda attempts to flee. However, the floor begins to cave in and Kyle is knocked out. Oh no! With some opposition from Melanie, Wanda does what any Soul would do – pulling Kyle back from certain death. Her grip slips, but Ian appears and saves them both. This scene has to be fantastically nerve-racking. Very action-y. It’s one of the most notable scenes in the entire book. Do you understand? Great.
7. The Seeker: Essentially the bad-guy in this tale, The Seeker is cold, unyielding. Her tireless perusal of Wanda’s secrets – Melanie’s memories – is the catalyst for Wanda’s search for Jared and Jamie. She will not give up. She will not fail. When she is finally captured and removed from her host (*snicker*), everything shifts – into overdrive. Lacey is described as being even more annoying (Wanda’s words, not mine) than The Seeker. It was their internal struggle which had fueled The Seeker into a proper fit of jealousy, needing to know how our favorite alien seemed to easily strive with a resistant host when she could not. The role requires the character to be overly emotional (angry, aggressive) one minute, and almost mechanical the next. She has to be memorable and somehow discreetly scary. We have to have her lingering in our minds, wondering whether or not she will find our secret refuge. Luckily, I don’t think we’ll have to worry much about how successful the character will be. Diane Kruger’s got it covered. You heard that right. This is casting I approve of!
8. Relationships (Part 2): Ooh! This is my favorite part. Why? Like you don’t know. Jared and Ian. Ian and Jared. Dreamy sigh. Weirdly enough, my fellow fanatics don’t argue constantly over which one is right for Wanda, but rather which one is more awesome. Jared. Ouch! Okay. Sorry. Ian belongs with Wanda and Jared with Melanie. It’s as simple as that. Which means, we don’t want to see some epic rivalry when there isn’t one. It’s actually just a tiny rivalry, no more. Look, just follow the facts. At first, neither is too keen to see Wanda/Melanie. Jared is shocked, to say the least, but has already persistently come to the conclusion that Melanie is no longer, even if her body still is. Ian, on the other hand, knows no better. He sees Wanda as a parasite and nothing else. I should tell you that I fully expect to see Jared standing guard over Wanda’s makeshift jail cell, acting like a jerk to her, etc. I will not compromise over any Jared and Wanda/Melanie scenes, as few as there are. Just so you know. What do I say in these situations? Follow the book. When it comes to Ian and Wanda, I won’t be so picky. Yeah, right. It is unclear when Ian’s feelings toward the Soul start to change, so I suggest giving it a slow build. By the time Jared returns from the raid, I would hope to have seen a significant change. When it’s time for Wanda to decided her fate, I presume he act like a love struck goof. Please. Please include the most beloved scene where Wanda fears Melanie’s left and pleads with Ian to kiss her – really kiss her. Of course, as you know, Jared is the one who actually succeeds, after he uses his expert kissing skills on Melanie. On Wanda? He kisses her good, dammit!
9. It’s All In the Details: Special effects. There’s only a few, so not to worry. But this is very important, so pay strict attention. When it comes to the Souls (host bodies), they have two very defining markers. 1) A scar: running up a small length on the back of their neck. True, we won’t really be able to see it on-screen. Yet, I don’t think a minor glimpse here or there would be unreasonable. Do you? 2) Eyes: a bright silver round just touching the complete circumference of the pupil. Note: only visible when directly fused with beaming light. No need for those pesky contacts, let Editing take care of that. Next, the actual Souls, themselves. You can’t skip out on this. We really need to see Wanda in all her little silver alien glory. It shouldn’t be too hard to execute. Google some fan-made sketches, if you have to (Yes, this is a real thing). Just remember, it’s all in the details.
10. Melanie vs Wanda (A New Life): Here we are, the most important scene of them all. I’m not kidding. It all comes down to this. Some have highly speculated the film will not end at the same spot the novel did, opting to believe that a cliffhanger will be created in order for a sequel to be generated. Easy to believe, of course. It’s been done before. The problem is, Stephenie Meyer hasn’t written a sequel, nor has she plans to write one anytime soon. Would the suggested cliffhanger still happen, even if we don’t get a sequel for years? Truthfully, I wouldn’t be surprised. That is why, I have to say this: the film must end the exact same way as the novel. I repeat, the exact same way as the novel. Let me make it even easier for you. When the time comes for Wanda to be removed from her host, her wishes go ignored and she is transferred into another host body. Pet. I can understand if you want to do a whole fade to black thing after Wanda wakes up, Ian calling out her name, eyes wide, a short gasp. Believe me, I get it. But you have to trust me on this. It’s been done before. How about we try something original for a change. How about we follow the book? I can’t say it enough. Follow. The. Book. Oh, and if it isn’t too much trouble? Could you add that quote. Yep, the one at the top. Thanks. It’s much appreciated.
There you have it. This concludes my list of the 10 Things That Need to Be In The Host. What did you think? I bet you all are going to go and read the book again. Am I right? I knew it! I guess now we’ll just have to wait and see if they took my oh so helpful advice.
So, is it March yet?
Are you addicted to The Host? What are your favorite scenes from novel? Who’s your favorite character? Team Jared or Team Ian? What’s your favorite quote? How many times have you read the book? What did you think of The Host trailer? Are you excited for the film adaptation? Did I miss something? What 10 things do you think need to be in the film? Tell me in the comments!