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HindustanTimes Sun,20 Apr 2014

There is pressure: Stephenie Meyer

Shweta Mehta, Hindustan Times  Mumbai, April 10, 2013
First Published: 12:27 IST(10/4/2013) | Last Updated: 14:28 IST(10/4/2013)

On a high after the success of the Twilight series (the last of the films based on her books released in November 2012), Stephenie Meyer is already onto her next project. Titled The Host, it’s a book she wrote a long time ago, before Twilight became a rage. She tells us about how she never expected the book to become a film and her involvement in a forthcoming movie.

This book started as a side project for you. Did you imagine it would not only become a bestseller but eventually a film adaptation? I actually wrote The Host quite a while ago. I think only Twilight was out at that time and it was kind of a one off. We didn’t know that we were doing the whole series. So that felt flukey, like “Okay, I had a movie made off one of my books,” and then The Host didn’t feel like something you could make into a movie. The whole thing happens inside one person’s head. That’s a tricky premise.

What role did you play in the filmmaking process? Were your inputs required?
After Twilight did really well, I think my opinion had more weight. With The Host, from the beginning, producer Nick Wechsler came to me and said, ‘Let’s do this together.’ All our opinions were valued by each of us. I was involved with everything. It was a very organic, common sense process.

The success of Twilight, the books as well as movies, must mean a lot of expectations from this one.
There is pressure. When Twilight ended, I thought I was going to feel sad, but I didn’t. To me that means I’m satisfied with that world and I don’t need to be there right now.

What's your next book going to be?
I’m working on a sequel to The Host, something that I’ve partially done for a really long time. It’s titled The Seeker. I’m planning to call the third one The Soul.

What were the challenges of adapting this book for the screen?
It never seemed like a huge challenge to me or to Nick. Andrew Niccol (director) always knew it was going to be a performance issue. We needed to have a really amazing actress, and then it would take care of itself. And he was right about Saoirse Ronan. While watching the film, there are times that you completely forget she’s talking to herself. The characters are just both there on the screen; she’s doing both at the same time. She could play Iron Man and we’d buy it, because she’s that good.

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