Entertainment short takes

Oklahoman Published: February 28, 2013
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Meyer is working on a sequel to the 2008 novel she began writing as an escape from the editing of “Eclipse,” the third book in the Twilight vampire saga. And now that it too has reached the big screen, she's got more books in mind.

“Once you've created characters that have life to them, unless you kill them all, you know where their stories go. You're always aware of what happens next,” Meyer told The Associated Press. “I've got outlines for the next books. I would hope that this would be a three-book arc, but we'll see.”

“The Host,” which premieres March 29, trades the vampires and werewolves of Meyer's previous works for space invaders. An alien race takes over the minds of their human hosts but leaves their bodies intact so that they can perfect the planet they believed humans were ruining. One human, a young woman named Melanie Stryder, refuses to give up her head space so easily.

Saoirse Ronan plays both Melanie and her alien invader in the film. Max Irons and Jake Abel play her love interests. “The Host” will inevitably draw comparisons to the book and film series that made Meyer a phenomenon, but she hopes the story stands alone and appeals to a broader audience than just “Twi-hards.”

For one thing, she calls it her “guy friendly” work because it explores bonds and loyalties beyond simple romantic love.

From Staff and Wire Reports