The Host – Book vs. Film Review

(Published in the April edition of Sage)

“He is forever touching me this way, always seeming to need to reassure himself that I am here. Does he realise what it does to me, the simple pressure of his warm palm next to mine? Does his pulse jump in his veins too? Or is he just happy to not be alone anymore?”


From Twilight author Stephenie Meyer, The Host is a science fiction romance novel that introduces an unseen alien race known as Souls, which take over Earth and its inhabitants’ bodies. Adapted and directed by Andrew Niccol, the film version, released this month, follows 17-year-old Melanie Stryder (Saoirse Ronan) who has been taken over by a Soul known as Wanderer. Melanie refuses to just fade away, however. When Wanderer starts hearing Melanie’s voice inside her head and experiencing memories of her brother Jamie (Chandler Canterbury) and boyfriend Jared (Max Irons), she sets out to risk everything to find Melanie’s loved ones, as she struggles to put aside the strong human emotions that are refusing to let her cooperate.

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The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn (Part 2) – Book vs. Film Review


The final film in a franchise adapted from Stephenie Meyer‘s supernatural romance novels, Breaking Dawn – Part 2 is the fifth and final instalment to the love-it-or-hate-it Twilight Saga, concluding the series with the second part of the adaptation of her final novel, Breaking Dawn. Directed by Bill Condon, who also directed Breaking Dawn – Part 1 which was released this time last year, Part 2 picks up with newly turned vampire Bella Swan (Kristen Stewart), her now vampire husband Edward Cullen (Robert Pattinson) and their newborn half-human/half-vampire child Renesmee (Mackenzie Foy). When the news reaches the Volturi, however, the coven begin a plan to destroy the Cullen family for bringing an immortal children into their world. On the brink of a vampire war, the Cullen’s must gather vampire clans from around the world, but will it all end in disaster? Or will the new powers of Bella and her daughter be strong enough to defeat the coven?

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From The Creator of ‘Twilight’ – The Host Gets A Full Trailer

(Written for Lost In The Multiplex)

This month we have an interesting new trailer for The Host, an adaptation of Twilight author Stephenie Meyer’s sci-fi romance.

Directed by Andrew Niccol, the new trailer does a great job of setting up the film’s plot, which is about the survival of love and the human spirit in a time of war, set in a futuristic world that has been invaded by an unseen enemy that host themselves in humans.

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Ranked: The Twilight Saga

Released between 2008 and 2012, The Twilight Saga, based on Stephenie Meyer‘s vampire-themed fantasy romance novels, is known for being both loved and hated by two very conflicting audiences. Whilst I feel like I always have to justify myself when I say that I like the Twilight films, there’s no denying that I do, but I find myself on very neutral grounds about the Saga on a whole, both loving and hating it for many different reasons.

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Meet Renesmee Cullen: New Breaking Dawn Images

(Written for Lost In The Multiplex)

We have the first set of images for the latest Twilight film this week, introducing us to some of the new characters who will be joining the cast as well as Bella and Edward’s new born vampire child.

Directed by Bill Condon, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2 is the final instalment in a series of adaptations based on Stephenie Meyer’s highly acclaimed supernatural romance novels.

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The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn (Part 1) – Book vs. Film Review

(Written for Lost In The Multiplex and published in Issue 4 of In Retrospect)

“I opened my eyes and found his open, too, staring at my face. It made no sense when he looked at me that way. Like I was the prize rather than the outrageously lucky winner.”


Directed by Bill Condon, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1 is the first part to the final instalment of Stephenie Meyer‘s Twilight Saga novels.

The first part of Breaking Dawn follows Bella Swan (Kristen Stewart) and her now vampire fiancé Edward Cullen (Robert Pattinson) through their marriage and honeymoon to the life-threatening consequence of Bella falling pregnant. Now, with the Volturi coven waiting for Bella to be turned immortal and the Quileute werewolf pack keeping guard, Bella must prepare to say goodbye to the ones she loves as she weakens from the thirst of the blood-sucking baby inside of her.

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