I found the first chapters of 'The Host' really boring. But, when I actually got into the story. I couldn't put it down.
It is really hard for me to choose between the two.
I guess I loved HOST more than TWILIGHT. It was very complicated and made me think a lot. That's the reason I love it so much. But hey! I am still a Twi-hard!
Okay, I didn't read through all the comments on this discussion, so I have no clue if anyone has said anything like what I'm about to say, so not to sound like a broken record. I loved the Twilight Saga because it got me through a tough time in my life when I had to transfer schools and had to make new friends all over again (which is hard for me) and when I started reading the Saga, it just made me feel at home in a weird way. Hell, walking around with the books even helped make friends because they'd be reading it, too. And I was one that had to read the books over and over and over, not just because it was an amazing story (to put it simply), but also because the emotions were so strong for me I had to keep experiencing them, though after reading them again and again, of course they weren't as strong. And I had to keep reading because it felt like if I didn't the characters, who had come to life in a way before my eyes, would just walk off the edge of "The End" and seize to exist. But eventually, enough was enough and I had to move on to other books. I went from book series to book series, and I couldn't find another like it. And that's where The Host came in, though is was 2 years later. Same emotions, same lively characters, and best of all, it was only one book! Though it took me 5 days to read the first 100 pages, it took me only 2 days to read the last 500. And, of course, I had to read it again. It was that dose that I feel only Stephenie Meyer can deliver. And though a part of me wishes she would write a sequel to the book, I like how it ended. It leaves it up to the imagination to go along with the rest beyond the pages so a reader can love it in their own way, because let's face it: no one reads a book exactly like another person. These books are also part of the reason I have aspired to being a traditional writer so I can some day touch the hearts of readers like how Stephenie Meyer has touched mine, however cliche that may sound. I may sound like a crazy person to most of you, but I know there's other people like me that just fall head-over-heels for these books and are as into them as I am and can agree with me. I don't know if that's what kind of response this discussion was looking for, but that's what I've got for it.
Lol did my comment kill the discussion?
The Host. No if's, and's, or but's about it. Twilight was Stephenie's first work and she was such a raw writer. She really didn't know what she was doing. She was writing based on a dream she had. I'm not saying that it was bad. But I'm not saying it was great either. It has had a profound effect on the reading world and has become a worldwide phenomenon, yes. I will say that. But the fade is getting a little old, isn't it? The vampires/ werewolves and love triangles are losing it's luster. I'm sure people are looking for things to read other than the mythical creatures by now. I'm sure some people are starting to get sick of the whole Edward, Bella, Jacob love triangle. I am. I still love the books but I want something else to hear about other than "Edward is hotter! No, Jacob's hotter!"
The Host was a nice change in pace. Even though I'm not a big fan of aliens this book wasn't even about aliens, really. Yes you had the souls taking over the humans minds and using their bodies, and the human rebels trying to take back their world while also trying to stay in hiding and preventing from being captured and having their own minds erased forever; but really the book was about being human through someone else's eyes. Okay, I kinda quoted that last part from Stephenie herself, but she's right.
You don't hear about the technological end of the alien world, with ray guns or space ships or any of the technology really, throughout the book. It was about the soul Wanda getting a better understanding about how the humans behaved and why they acted the way they did. And in the end she learned to love them. She stayed with them rather than her own species. She helped the humans bring back their own, and by doing that she revealed her species greatest secret. Being inside Melanie's body helped her grow more human, helped her better understand them... Helped her to love them more. She learned that not all humans were monsters and barbarians. Just some of them were.
And the love struggle between Wanda, Ian, Jared, and Mel was so much more potent and addictive than Twilight ever was with Edward, Bella, and Jacob. The bonds were so much stronger. And so much more beautiful...
I couldn't have asked for a better read. Thank you Stephenie Meyer for your books and your creative writing that makes us not only read your books again and again, but also want to be absorbed into them and live there. To be the characters themselves and live like they do.
Thank you so very much!
I'm in love with the Twilight Series, but once I was finished with The Host, it was clear to me how much I loved this book more! I hope she does turn it into the Trilogy she previously spoke of. The book is well written, passionate, mature, stays on point, and I think the fact that it's not about vampires makes it something else; the whole vampire thing is great, but once there comes too much of it, it kinda gets annoying. The host is something different and when reading it, you truly feel as though you're in the book. That speaks for itself. And the overall story has that real twist to make it better than Twilight, in my opinion.